An evening out at Bootham Crescent is usually a thoroughly enjoyable affair with the city centre pubs and clubs only a stones-throw from the creaking old ground. All this will change however in a couple of seasons when York City will join their Rugby League counterparts York City Knights at a new all-purpose stadium at Monks Cross.
This may be good new for both clubs and the city itself although there will doubtless be many who will mourn Bootham Crescent’s passing in much the same way that many were sad to see the demise of York Rugby League Club’s old Clarence Street ground twenty years earlier.
Such is progress, however one feels that York City may well be plying their trade at the new stadium in a lower division than they do at present and much will clearly depend on the outcome of tonight’s clash with fellow relegation strugglers Southport. Both of these are firmly in the relegation zone and it’s unlikely that either of them will escape given their recent form. York sit some six points away from safety while Southport are bottom of the pile some two points below them as things stand.
At least York have secured for themselves a place in the final of the FA Trophy and a couple of much-needed National League wins of late although this has hardly helped their relegation case. Three points tonight would clearly help some more and the home side will be confident of collecting all three points given that opponents Southport have managed just a single point from their last nine league outings. York in contrast have won four of their last six games across all competitions with just a solitary defeat and this will certainly give them the confidence needed to brush aside their opponents this evening. Indeed with the visitors failing to find the net in three of their last four away games, we’ll be backing York City to grab for themselves a clean sheet into the bargain. Is it too late for them to manage a ‘great escape’? Perhaps not yet!