YORK City will be boosted by the availability of Alex Woodyard for tomorrow's Emirates FA Cup Second Round tie with Wigan Athletic after his red card was overturned.

The ex-AFC Wimbledon midfielder was shown a straight red card just 20 minutes into City's Vanarama National League clash at Maidenhead United on Saturday after a challenge on defender Zico Asare.

Manager Neal Ardley was booked for his response to the dismissal, with Callum Howe then going onto ensure the spoils were shared in a 1-1 draw in Berkshire.

A gleeful Ardley was delighted to see Woodyard's booking overturned, and was confident that would be the outcome.

"We put it in believing that it was a wrongful dismissal," he explained.

"But proving that, and getting people to say that he should never have been sent off, that's a lot harder.

"We're delighted that that has happened, and who wouldn't be! That just proves that it was false.

"We were looking at a lot of different scenarios on Tuesday, we didn't know [the outcome of the appeal].

"We did a bit of work in training, looking at all different scenarios of who would play where, and I was starting to get a feel for it. Then we got the news today, and looked at another couple of scenarios.

"It's great to have that extra body, he's certainly somebody that can do a good job."


City will however be without both goalkeeper George Sykes-Kenworthy and new striker Will Davies, who are both cup tied after previously having featured for Bradford (Park Avenue) and Braintree Town in this year's competition.

Prolific marksman Dipo Akinyemi is also ruled out with a Grade 1 tendon injury, whilst Quevin Castro is unlikely to feature after illness.

"Quevin Castro phoned in sick this morning, so he won't be available." Ardley confirmed.

"Olly Green struggled to get in this morning because of the weather conditions. The police had blocked off three roads by him, so he struggled to get in today.

"We've got Will Davies cup tied and so is George, but that is what it is."