York City boss Martin Foyle wary of newcomers riding crest of a wave

MARTIN FOYLE has admitted he would have preferred to play Bath City later in the season – but was quick to declare his York City side should fear no one in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

Bath, promoted from Blue Square South division last season, host the Minstermen tomorrow just four days after turning over highly rated Rushden and Diamonds to continue their brilliant form on their own turf.

The Somerset side have still only lost once at home in 11 months – when current City striker George Purcell scored twice in a 4-2 win for Braintree Town.

And Foyle was aware his team – who are still awaiting their first win this term following the home defeat to Kidderminster and midweek goalless draw at Grimsby – would be facing an outfit riding the crest of a wave.

Said the City boss: “They’ve got a very good home record and they had a good win over Rushden, who should be up there with the favourites, in the week, so we know it will be very hard.

“We’re not going to kid ourselves, but hopefully we will do what we did at Grimsby on Tuesday with maybe a bit more joy in the final third.

“It’s going to be a very hard league and teams will be beating each other. It’ll take five or six games for teams to find their feet, and some will get caught out in that time.

“If fixtures are at the wrong time for you, you will play teams on a high. It’s like us going to Bath this weekend. We’d rather play them two or three months down the line after they’ve had a few knocks and maybe a few defeats. However, we’re not scared of anybody in this league. I’m more concerned about how we prepare and that we’re ready and firing. If we can get ourselves right, I don’t fear anybody.”

Those preparations include an overnight stay in the south west.

“We’ll train down there and concentrate on the game and we’ll see how we line up,” he added.

David McDermott – only he and Greg Young of the seven summer signings have yet to make their first-team bow – could have played himself into contention with a lively performance, and the only goal, in Wednesday night’s behind-closed-doors friendly against Tadcaster Albion.

Centre-back Young and midfielder Tom Richardson were among others to impress, although Purcell had to come off after suffering an ankle knock ten minutes in. He should still be fit for tomorrow’s match though.

In good injury news, the scan on Levi Mackin revealed no ligament damage as feared, although the bruising and swelling will keep him out this weekend. Foyle would not put a timescale on the midfielder’s absence.

The City boss also called on the fans to continue the “great support” they showed at Grimsby.

“We had a great crowd that night. Our away support is very solid,” he said. “We understand some of the longer away games, like the one this weekend, will be hard to get to, but our support is very good and hopefully we can give them something to cheer about.”

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12:26pm Fri 20 Aug 10

YorkCityLuke says...

Great attitude from MF - respect for the opposition, and confidence in his own team.
Great attitude from MF - respect for the opposition, and confidence in his own team. YorkCityLuke

1:23pm Fri 20 Aug 10

antonius maximus says...

City will lose and Brodie break his leg.
City will lose and Brodie break his leg. antonius maximus

1:26pm Fri 20 Aug 10

JohnnyByrne says...

Great news about Mackin. We need more of the same at Bath tomorrow as we got with a much improved performance against Grimsby midweek and pressure the opposition what we don't have the ball. I think we will get 3 points tomorrow and things will start to click into place in regard to our best 11 and favorable formation.
Great news about Mackin. We need more of the same at Bath tomorrow as we got with a much improved performance against Grimsby midweek and pressure the opposition what we don't have the ball. I think we will get 3 points tomorrow and things will start to click into place in regard to our best 11 and favorable formation. JohnnyByrne

1:31pm Fri 20 Aug 10

huntingtonagitator says...

antonius maximus wrote:
City will lose and Brodie break his leg.
...and I thought I was a pessimist! or is this just some sort of negative wishful thinking by you. et tu brutus.
[quote][p][bold]antonius maximus[/bold] wrote: City will lose and Brodie break his leg.[/p][/quote]...and I thought I was a pessimist! or is this just some sort of negative wishful thinking by you. et tu brutus. huntingtonagitator

2:07pm Fri 20 Aug 10

antonius maximus says...

huntingtonagitator wrote:
antonius maximus wrote: City will lose and Brodie break his leg.
...and I thought I was a pessimist! or is this just some sort of negative wishful thinking by you. et tu brutus.
predict a loss and they tend to win, reverse psychology or something like that.
[quote][p][bold]huntingtonagitator[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]antonius maximus[/bold] wrote: City will lose and Brodie break his leg.[/p][/quote]...and I thought I was a pessimist! or is this just some sort of negative wishful thinking by you. et tu brutus.[/p][/quote]predict a loss and they tend to win, reverse psychology or something like that. antonius maximus

2:15pm Fri 20 Aug 10

daveycfc655 says...

BSP to sign new tv deal with premier tv channal,30 live games a season,£6.99 per month subs.. see non league news
BSP to sign new tv deal with premier tv channal,30 live games a season,£6.99 per month subs.. see non league news daveycfc655

2:52pm Fri 20 Aug 10

antonius maximus says...

daveycfc655 wrote:
BSP to sign new tv deal with premier tv channal,30 live games a season,£6.99 per month subs.. see non league news
you mean channel
[quote][p][bold]daveycfc655[/bold] wrote: BSP to sign new tv deal with premier tv channal,30 live games a season,£6.99 per month subs.. see non league news[/p][/quote]you mean channel antonius maximus

3:06pm Fri 20 Aug 10

daveycfc655 says...

oh yeah
oh yeah daveycfc655

4:29pm Fri 20 Aug 10

joejamestom says...

Terrific news for Levi & city a much improved player, calling in to Bath on our way south, hoping to see Mcdermott & Purcell strutt their stuff city usually play with freedom away from home. Cmon City
Terrific news for Levi & city a much improved player, calling in to Bath on our way south, hoping to see Mcdermott & Purcell strutt their stuff city usually play with freedom away from home. Cmon City joejamestom

4:38pm Fri 20 Aug 10

jaybazza says...

After a decent midweek perfomance away at the Mariners we can look forward to this one!! Should be a good game, Brodie, Gash and Rankine all looked sharp on Tuesday and Purcell looked like he was going to score the minute he came on...
Bring it on
After a decent midweek perfomance away at the Mariners we can look forward to this one!! Should be a good game, Brodie, Gash and Rankine all looked sharp on Tuesday and Purcell looked like he was going to score the minute he came on... Bring it on jaybazza

5:21pm Fri 20 Aug 10

alimount says...

Currently in Bath, good weather for football, light drizzle! Not seen any football fans today, very much a rugby town. I'll look out for the team on the razz tonight!
Currently in Bath, good weather for football, light drizzle! Not seen any football fans today, very much a rugby town. I'll look out for the team on the razz tonight! alimount

8:41pm Fri 20 Aug 10

Willie Leak says...

antonius maximus wrote:
City will lose and Brodie break his leg.
Maximus, you hate nearly everything. and everyone hates you.
[quote][p][bold]antonius maximus[/bold] wrote: City will lose and Brodie break his leg.[/p][/quote]Maximus, you hate nearly everything. and everyone hates you. Willie Leak

8:45pm Fri 20 Aug 10

PDH says...

"Those preparations include an overnight stay in the south west".

Would'nt it have been better to have had an overnight stay before wembley?
If we had perhaps we would'nt have being making this trip.

KEEP THE FAITH
PDH
"Those preparations include an overnight stay in the south west". Would'nt it have been better to have had an overnight stay before wembley? If we had perhaps we would'nt have being making this trip. KEEP THE FAITH PDH PDH

8:51pm Fri 20 Aug 10

BristolRick says...

Only problem with TV deal is that games are rearranged for silly times. I have to book train tickets in advance to get cheaper fares. Oh well. At least tomorrow I can cycle to the game - just 12 miles away. Will be tough for City and we will need to convert chances into goals.
Only problem with TV deal is that games are rearranged for silly times. I have to book train tickets in advance to get cheaper fares. Oh well. At least tomorrow I can cycle to the game - just 12 miles away. Will be tough for City and we will need to convert chances into goals. BristolRick

8:52pm Fri 20 Aug 10

daveycfc655 says...

Maximus go play on go play on the railway lines,we don't need your input, leave that for when your back in class, you horrible little man....
Maximus go play on go play on the railway lines,we don't need your input, leave that for when your back in class, you horrible little man.... daveycfc655

9:40pm Fri 20 Aug 10

Tony Canham says...

MF - please play your strongest attacking side (including McDermott) and go for the win from the start, let them worry about us tomorrow!
MF - please play your strongest attacking side (including McDermott) and go for the win from the start, let them worry about us tomorrow! Tony Canham

9:41pm Fri 20 Aug 10

OLD - HEAD says...

When ever we visit a new ground to play a so called smaller club, everybody seems to expect us to win, but we always seem to struggle. I for one am expecting this type of game tomorrow. City have not found their shooting boots yet, and if we go behind then we could struggle to get a point. It is now time for us to reproduce the form that made us one of the fancied teams for the play-offs. While Richard Brodie will always be our main goal hope, the others have to to pose more of a threat, while he finds his touch again.
When ever we visit a new ground to play a so called smaller club, everybody seems to expect us to win, but we always seem to struggle. I for one am expecting this type of game tomorrow. City have not found their shooting boots yet, and if we go behind then we could struggle to get a point. It is now time for us to reproduce the form that made us one of the fancied teams for the play-offs. While Richard Brodie will always be our main goal hope, the others have to to pose more of a threat, while he finds his touch again. OLD - HEAD

10:07am Sat 21 Aug 10

Head of Bomber Command says...

I am hoping you are proved wrong on the performance OLD HEAD.

I think this is one of the games that Martin has targeted as requiring an improved performance from last term in the sense that Bath are part time. Last year as we all know the results and performances were terrible against the part time outfits and invariably cost us a shot at automatic promotion.

Come on lads, put them away.

HOBC
I am hoping you are proved wrong on the performance OLD HEAD. I think this is one of the games that Martin has targeted as requiring an improved performance from last term in the sense that Bath are part time. Last year as we all know the results and performances were terrible against the part time outfits and invariably cost us a shot at automatic promotion. Come on lads, put them away. HOBC Head of Bomber Command

10:20am Sat 21 Aug 10

Lizzie Browning says...

Tony Canham wrote:
MF - please play your strongest attacking side (including McDermott) and go for the win from the start, let them worry about us tomorrow!
Exactly. Wish he'd stop bigging up everyone we play against then choosing a defensive formation! One goal (a penalty) in 180 mins says it all - score a few and then the odd goalkeeping gaff is incidental.
[quote][p][bold]Tony Canham[/bold] wrote: MF - please play your strongest attacking side (including McDermott) and go for the win from the start, let them worry about us tomorrow![/p][/quote]Exactly. Wish he'd stop bigging up everyone we play against then choosing a defensive formation! One goal (a penalty) in 180 mins says it all - score a few and then the odd goalkeeping gaff is incidental. Lizzie Browning

11:00am Sat 21 Aug 10

Alan Fetish says...

Come now, people....

We are but two games into long old season. The first game is always a write-off - weird things happen after the Summer lay-off (see: Blackpool). Since then, we've taken a point away at a much-fancied Grimsby side and now we can look to gain a bit of momentum at a Bath side who are ripe for the picking, if we stay disciplined.

Keep the faith for another 90 minutes, please. ...And then let rip!
Come now, people.... We are but two games into long old season. The first game is always a write-off - weird things happen after the Summer lay-off (see: Blackpool). Since then, we've taken a point away at a much-fancied Grimsby side and now we can look to gain a bit of momentum at a Bath side who are ripe for the picking, if we stay disciplined. Keep the faith for another 90 minutes, please. ...And then let rip! Alan Fetish

11:11am Sat 21 Aug 10

daveycfc655 says...

got an idea about play play off.why knot have the plays offs against the league teams so two go up from bsp two down from league 3, with the next 2 bottem teams in league 3 to play off against 3rd and 4th place teams in bsp. would be much better.
got an idea about play play off.why knot have the plays offs against the league teams so two go up from bsp two down from league 3, with the next 2 bottem teams in league 3 to play off against 3rd and 4th place teams in bsp. would be much better. daveycfc655

11:20am Sat 21 Aug 10

Head of Bomber Command says...

Never happen davey.

It is only since the likes of York, Mansfield, Cambridge etc have started to languish in the Conference longer than expected that the like's of those teams (yes I include us) have wanted a three up and three down scenario implemented. Prior to that when in the League it was a taboo subject.

PS.

Sensible post IMO Alan Fetish. But Lizzie also makes a valid point in Martin bigging up teams.

HOBC
Never happen davey. It is only since the likes of York, Mansfield, Cambridge etc have started to languish in the Conference longer than expected that the like's of those teams (yes I include us) have wanted a three up and three down scenario implemented. Prior to that when in the League it was a taboo subject. PS. Sensible post IMO Alan Fetish. But Lizzie also makes a valid point in Martin bigging up teams. HOBC Head of Bomber Command

11:22am Sat 21 Aug 10

daveycfc655 says...

i mean league 2 by the way, just got up with a 20 pnts and donnor kabab feeling
i mean league 2 by the way, just got up with a 20 pnts and donnor kabab feeling daveycfc655

11:42am Sat 21 Aug 10

Head of Bomber Command says...

daveycfc655 wrote:
i mean league 2 by the way, just got up with a 20 pnts and donnor kabab feeling
I understood that you meant Div 2. I also fully understand about your Kebab and ale predicament.
[quote][p][bold]daveycfc655[/bold] wrote: i mean league 2 by the way, just got up with a 20 pnts and donnor kabab feeling[/p][/quote]I understood that you meant Div 2. I also fully understand about your Kebab and ale predicament. Head of Bomber Command

1:08pm Sat 21 Aug 10

alimount says...

Seen a few City fans milling about Bath, no Bath football fans but lots of rugby shirts. Come on City!
Seen a few City fans milling about Bath, no Bath football fans but lots of rugby shirts. Come on City! alimount

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