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Town make the 20-mile trip to Bootham Crescent for the first time on Saturday as Simon Weaver’s side look to do the double over local rivals York City.



The sides met for the first time in a competitive fixture back in September at a sold out CNG Stadium when goals from Joe Leesley and Liam Agnew secured local bragging rights for Town supporters.
 
The Minstermen have had a change of Manager since that defeat though, with former Darlington boss Martin Gray taking the reigns in October.

Gray’s side sit sixth in the National League North standings with a five-point cushion between themselves and the team outside the play-off places, Blyth Spartans.

Saturday’s opponents have lost just four of their 19 league games at Bootham Crescent this season and are unbeaten in their last eight matches on home soil.

York’s attack, spearheaded by 20-goal striker Jon Parkin, have not had any problems finding the net at home either; having scored in their last 16 consecutive home matches.

Both sides have taken the same amount of points over the last five fixtures, though no team has been able to match Town’s record over the last ten National League North games, with York placing 13th in the same period.

While York’s clash at FC United of Manchester fell victim to the weather, Town moved to within touching distance of top spot on Easter Monday with an emphatic 5-1 win over Blyth Spartans.

Weaver’s side have lost just one of their last nine matches in all competitions and are unbeaten in their last four away from home.

Town will be without on loan Leeds United defender Liam Kitching, who serves the first of a three match ban, though fellow centre back John McCombe looks set to come up against the side he made over 50 appearances for from 2014 to 2016.