YORK City manager Martin Foyle has warned his players they cannot rely on other clubs’ misfortunes for survival.

Bottom club Lewes were relegated this week after one season in the Blue Square Premier and Northwich, 18 points from safety, are on the verge of joining them.

Weymouth’s recent off-field problems also led many observers to assume they were prime candidates for the drop.

But this month’s takeover at the Wessex Stadium has led to renewed hope on the south coast despite eight straight defeats.

The Terras, who play host to Foyle’s men in the penultimate game of the season on Friday, April 24, still lie three points ahead of City and strengthened their squad before yesterday’s transfer deadline.

Barnet striker Cliff Akurang and Crewe goalkeeper Adam Legzdins have arrived on loan until the end of the season joining fellow new additions Ben Gill from Cheltenham and former Minsterman Kyle Critchell.

City go into tomorrow’s home match with Kidderminster one point above fourth-bottom Ebbsfleet – who have three games in hand – and a fully-focussed Foyle said: “You look at the other teams around you and you can’t forecast how their matches are going to go.

“It’s hard to know how the teams in the middle of the table with little to play for will approach games. It’s also interesting to see what Weymouth have been doing in the transfer market.

“They are still above us and I’m sure their fans will be thinking we’re only two wins from safety. Ideally, you don’t want it to go to the last week of the season but if that’s the case, then so be it.”

Foyle is ready to field the same starting line-up for the third successive game with none of the fringe players pressing their case for a recall during the 5-1 reserve drubbing at Bradford in which Liam Shepherd got the consolation goal.

Nine players – Shepherd, Josh Mimms, Josh Radcliffe, David McGurk, Christian Smith, Adam Smith, Ben Wilkinson, Simon Brown and Onome Sodje – with first-team experience featured but the City chief said: “Bradford were quite strong but we got hardly anything out of the game and it was a very, very poor performance.

“I don’t think any of the players will be knocking on my door before tomorrow’s game.

“Some of them say they are playing well but then they keep losing games.

“We know they are not playing to the best of their ability and players seem to blow hot and cold at this level so we have to get used to that and work on it.”

City knocked Kidderminster out on penalties to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Trophy last month but Foyle is expecting a tougher challenge against the play-off contenders, who now have former Brighton midfielder Chris McPhee in their ranks and the highly-rated Russell Penn back from injury.

The City boss added: “We got the better of them in the Trophy and they will respect the fact that we have gone six games unbeaten but they have changed formation now and it will be a harder game with McPhee and Penn in their side.”

• City midfielder Ben Wilkinson has joined Altrincham on loan until the end of the season, but will be eligible for the FA Trophy final and is contracted at KitKat Crescent until the summer of 2010.

Foyle said: “He hasn’t been getting into the squad and Steven Hogg is also looking strong in training now, so it will be an opportunity for him to get some games.”

City (probable): Ingham, Purkiss, Pejic, Parslow, Robinson, Mackin, McWilliams, Rusk, Boyes, McBreen, Brodie.

Subs: Sodje, Greaves, Russell, McGurk, A Smith.

Kidderminster (probable): Bartlett, Lowe, Riley, Creighton, Baker, Penn, Bennett, McPhee, Knights, Barnes-Homer, Richards.

Subs: Jones, Moore, Carr, Brittain, Smikle.

Referee: Andy Halliday (London).