ASSISTS ace Ashley Chambers has been told not to fret about his lack of goals ahead of York City’s home match with Darlington tonight.

Former Leicester City striker Chambers ended a 24-match drought with the Minstermen’s second goal in Saturday’s devastating 3-0 victory at Wrexham.

His name had last been on the scoresheet during February’s 4-1 home win over AFC Wimbledon but the one-time England under-19 international, who plays on either flank in manager Gary Mills’ favoured 4-3-3 formation, has set up team-mates for seven of City’s 15 goals this season.

About that contribution, Mills said: “Ash has been superb for us. He’d like to score more goals but I played in his position early in my career and used to put the crosses in for others to score.

“For me, that was like scoring a goal myself. I took a lot of pride in setting people up and so should he.

“He will score goals and getting one on Saturday will have been a massive bonus for him but I want him to carry on playing how he has been doing. He’s been a bright player for us since he came back on July 1 and puts the opposition on the back foot.”

City are expected to field the same starting line-up this evening that kicked off Saturday’s match with Jamie Reed’s calf problem having cleared up.

That means utility men Jamal Fyfield and Jon Challinor will continue at centre-half and right-back respectively with Mills believing both players can nail down starting places in those positions on a permanent basis.

Fyfield has jumped ahead of captain Chris Smith and Dan Parslow in the pecking order for central-defensive duties while Challinor has emerged as the first-choice deputy for injured full-back Lanre Oyebanjo.

City chief Mills added: “As a manager, it’s good to have versatile players because, if you pick up injuries or suspensions, they can slot in and do a job but, for players, it’s important to establish themselves in one position.

“Jamal wants to play at centre-back and was excellent for us on Saturday. He pressed their strikers and did not give them any space to turn and put us under pressure.

“Jon has played in midfield for most of his career but he started out at right-back and maybe it’s time for him to play there again. If you were to judge him on Saturday, then that was some performance for a full back.”

City go into tonight’s game boasting the Blue Square Bet Premier’s best defensive record with only Luton and Stockport able to match a tally of seven goals conceded.

The Minstermen have also netted more times on their travels than any other side in non-League football’s highest echelon and Mills is now hoping that free-scoring from can be brought home to Bootham Crescent, where his team have only averaged a goal a game from their opening four fixtures.

He said: “It’s of massive importance that no side has conceded fewer goals than we have. We’ve kept two clean sheets on the bounce now and the only goals we gave away in the two matches before then were penalties so, in general play, we haven’t conceded for a while and long may that continue.

“We’ve also scored more away from home than anybody else. Our goal difference is good at the moment but we need to improve on that at home and we know that.”

This evening’s derby match is expected to attract a strong attendance after the gate for last week’s win over Bath dropped by more than 1,000 following the 3,166 turn out for the 1-0 defeat to Alfreton.

Mills added: “It would be fantastic to have a big crowd but fans will come to games if they want to and I hope the ones that do support us do exactly that – support us.

“I want the players to go out and do well for the ones that come through the gate because we want to get a victory for them whatever the attendance.”