Bootham Cresent, Saturday 8th May 2014, 7:30pm kick-off
Form (last eight league games)
York City – W-D-D-D-W-W-W-D
Fleetwood Town – W-D-W-D-W-W-D-L
– Unbeaten since late January, York City are the in-form team heading into the play-offs. The club has only conceded ten goals in 2014 and just five since their last defeat against champions Chesterfield
– Fleetwood also go to Bootham Cresent in good form despite losing out on an automatic place. The Cod Army has scored ten more goals than any other side competing in the play-offs, with three players sat on double figures.
– They’ve shared the spoils in their two league meetings, with Fleetwood winning 2-0 away from home and York picking up a 2-1 victory at Highbury Stadium. However, the Minstermen will be without stoppage time goalscorer Wes Fletcher, who misses out through
It’s been an interesting season for both sides that had completely different goals at the start of the campaign. Fleetwood, with a slew of impressive signings and a new manager, were expected to make a strong challenge for the automatic promotions and they did, missing out with just two games left.
They fought to the bitter end, picking up points as the top three dropped them but in the end the gap was too much for Graham Alexander’s men to catch anyone up. They had a good test going into the play-offs too, facing Chesterfield on the final day and despite losing to the Champions, Fleetwood put in a solid performance that will give them hope of joining them in League One next season.
Key to their success has been Antoni Sarcevic, their top scorer with 14 and the only player from the play-offs to make the PFA League Two Team of the Year. He’s been excellent all season long, showing a level on consistency the club itself hasn’t quite been able to match but he’s a match winner that will be spearheading Fleetwood’s varied attacking talent.
York City, on the other hand, had to survive relegation on the final day last season and a good campaign would have been a solid mid-table finish. However, the Minstermen have defied logic under former Northern Ireland boss Nigel Worthington and finished an impressive 7th above another promotion favourite Oxford United.
Despite losing top scorer Wes Fletcher and impressive winger Josh Carson for the season a month ago, York haven’t stopped going and they are now rewarded with a chance to gain promotion. Their defensive record in the calendar year has been outstanding and it’s a credit to Worthington that he’s turned the club’s fortunes around so quickly.
It’ll be that defence they’ll be looking to again during the end of season tournament, especially young on-loan goalkeeper Nick Pope. He’s kept an incredible 13 clean sheets in his last 16 games and the Charlton loanee might have a busy night ahead of him keeping Fleetwood and Sarcevic at bay.
This one has all the potential of being a really good first leg tie between two sides that will feel they have a great chance of winning not just the game but the whole thing. It’s Fleetwood’s strong attack against York’s stern
defence and which will move first will probably decide the tie which all points to a draw.