THERE will be no room for sentimentality when York City and Kidderminster Harriers step out onto the pitch tomorrow evening at Aggborough.

Kidderminster manager Russ Penn is going head-to-head with some familiar faces on Tuesday (7.45pm), having played alongside Sean Newton and Paddy McLaughlin during his second stint at Bootham Crescent - and under Steve Watson while he was boss at Gateshead.

But though the reunion of the current Minstermen and former City skipper Penn will be amicable, minds will remain focused on the task at hand, Watson has said.

“Our situation with Russ is probably more old-school than you see on TV,” Watson said. “I don’t think there will be any high-fiving or hugs, and not just for social distancing - that’s the way we work.

“There will be a chat after the game but, make no mistake, he’ll be wanting to beat us and we’ll be wanting to beat them. It’s business as usual in that respect.”

Kiddy currently occupy second spot in National League North, three points ahead of York, who will leapfrog them with victory.

On his former charge, Watson commented: “He’s made a good start and like King’s Lynn were doing last season, they may well have a spell so we have to all keep on their shirt-tails as best we can and try and make our games in hand count.

“We know Russ is a very competitive, intense football man. He’ll be desperate to do well and do well against us. He’s recruited well and got himself a really strong squad there.

“Like York, Kidderminster’s a big club at this level and they will have given him a chance to recruit and they will have expectations, the same as our club has and the same as Fylde and Boston have. He’s met all of those expectations early on and he’ll be looking to carry it on.”