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In Focus: Robins v. York

11 January 2013

Fan and columnist Murry Toms looks ahead to this weekend's npower League Two match v. York.

Monday evening's match against Premier League Everton was an occasion that will live long in the memory, but focus now returns to this weekend's npower League Two visit of mid-table York City.

It will be the fifth time the Minstermen have made the long trip south to Gloucestershire in the league, and the first for almost ten years.

Mark Yates' side will be hoping to build on the positives from the FA Cup third round defeat four days ago, aiming to reinforce the best home record in League Two.

York meanwhile will be searching for their first win in eight outings in all competitions.

But Gary Mills' side will present a stern test tomorrow at the Abbey Business Stadium, despite only one point and one goal from their three most recent trips to Fleetwood (0-0), Chesterfield (0-3) and Plymouth Argyle (0-2).

Despite that sequence they have been tough to beat on the road this season, collecting two more points than Cheltenham away from home (18 compared to our 16).

Interestingly, no team has emerged with more draws on their travels than the Minstermen, registering six away from Bootham Crescent.

In total they've won four of their 13 away fixtures in the league, losing only three (at Burton Albion, Plymouth and Chesterfield) while exiting the cups at Doncaster Rovers (Capital One) and AFC Wimbledon (FA).

Last weekend they slipped to defeat by Exeter City despite on-loan Alex Rodman giving his side the lead with 14 minutes on the clock.

The 25-year-old winger this week extended his loan from Aldershot Town after impressing in eight appearances for York this campaign and looks set to start again tomorrow.

His teammate Ashley Chambers leads the way up front, scoring eight goals this season followed closely by Jason Walker, weighing in with seven.

York have made four previous trips to Whaddon Road, losing only once since 2000.

They won (1-0) on their innagural visit towards the end of the 2000-01 season, and drew the next (1-1) after a dramatic injury time equaliser by current manager Yates.

Yates scored again the following season, as did John Finnigan and Julian Alsop, with two, to hand Steve Cotterill's team a comfortable 4-0 win.

And they were again denied the points by a late Damian Spencer leveller in the last meeting between the pair in Gloucestershire in 2003, which also ended 1-1.

There was nothing between the two sides in the return fixture back in September, drawing 0-0 in the first meeting between the pair in nine seasons, so we can expect a close match tomorrow.

A win could see third place reclaimed. Lose and there's a chance we could slide to 11th. It's tight at the top!

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