York City’s League 2 fate could finally be sealed when they face Portsmouth at Bootham Crescent on Tuesday evening.
Failure to beat Pompey or a victory for Newport County against Oxford United at Rodney Parade will officially condemn The Minstermen to a return to non league football.
The home side go into the clash without big defender Dave Winfield who serves a one match suspension for his first half dismissal at Hartlepool United on Saturday while left back Femi Ilesanmi is struggling with a hamstring problem. The Minstermen are again expected to be without regular injury victims Michael Coulson and Jake Hyde who are both nursing groin injuries.
Promotion chasing Portsmouth make the long trip north looking to get back to winning ways after Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to Plymouth Argyle. Pompey midfielder Gary Roberts is set to face a late fitness test after suffering a head injury in his side’s weekend defeat. On loan Bolton Wanderers striker Conor Wilkinson (groin) and young goalkeeper Ryan Fulton (thigh) are not expected to travel.
While York City’s survival fight looks to be all but over, Portsmouth will hope to hit form at the right time. Pompey have blown several chances to take hold of an automatic promotion place this season and with the club currently sitting six points adrift of third place with a game in hand there is little margin for error for Paul Cook’s side.