YORK CITY will bid to puncture Notts County's mini-revival when The Magpies arrive at Bootham Crescent tomorrow.
Having previously won only twice in nine matches, County's form has picked up since the arrival of new boss Jamie Fullarton, who was appointed to the Meadow Lane hot-seat last month following the sacking of Ricardo Moniz.
The former St Mirren, Crystal Palace and Brentford midfielder has led his new charges to victories over Crawley (1-0) and Luton (2-0) with a 2-0 home defeat to AFC Wimbledon sandwiched in between.
Gushing praise has already come in for the 41-year-old, despite his limited time in the job. Club legend Les Bradd said the new man reminded him of the club's greatest manager, Jimmy Sirrell, who led County to three promotions in three spells at the club.
And, having previously not won on their travels since the opening day of the season, they are now showing some promising form on their travels - picking up maximum three point hauls in their last two road trips.
It's a crucial time of the League Two campaign for Fullarton. Although his side are 17th in the standings, they are only ten points adrift of seventh placed Lleyton Orient and have three games in hand on some of their rivals.
With struggling Hartlepool to come after they arrive in North Yorkshire, they have the chance to put themselves firmly back in the play-off picture with a six point delivery.
Fullarton will be hoping striker Izale McLeod can display the form that sees him joint-top of the County scoring charts.
The former MK Dons, Barnet and Crawley marksman has nine goals for the latest of the 13 clubs he has represented in a 14-year career but hasn't netted since bagging a brace in the 2-2 draw with Morecambe in December.
McLeod did find the target when scoring the only goal of the game in The Magpies' home win over City in late September.
With joint-top scorer Liam Noble having returned for the Luton victory after a four-match ban following a red card at Wycombe, and former Blackburn and Sunderland striker Jon Stead also in good form, Fullarton will be confident of causing problems to a City defence that has not kept a clean sheet in the league since the 3-0 win over Newport in September - a run of 23 games.
The clash may see the emergence of defender Gary MacKenzie, who signed at the start of the month on a one-month loan from League One outfit Doncaster Rovers. His belated debut is a result of County's home game with Hartlepool being postponed last weekend.