Worthington glad to avoid tiring road trips for Minstermen’s festive fixtures

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NIGEL WORTHINGTON has told his York City players: Christmas is a time for work.

As much of the country shut down yesterday for the festivities, the Minstermen chief had his players in for training ahead of today’s trip to Accrington Stanley.

He explained: “I always bring my team in either late afternoon or early evening. This is a working time for football, not a holiday.

“So, that is why I bring my players in. Players get the chance to see their families in the morning but then it is down to business. Accrington is a big game for us and I want us totally focused.

“Due to Accrington being only an hour-and-a-half away, we wouldn’t have travelled overnight at any stage. Not just at Christmas. With that sort of journey time, you don’t need to. But the players know what is expected of them.”

York’s festive run of games started with Saturday’s home draw against leaders Oxford.

That and the New Year visit of Morecambe to Bootham Crescent sandwiches today’s game with Accrington and Sunday’s visit to Bury, which means a welcome lack of miles on the road.

The York manager said: “I was pleased when I first saw the fixtures last summer that there wasn’t too much travelling at what is a busy time of the year in terms of games.

“We could have had trips to Plymouth, Portsmouth, Exeter, Bristol, wherever. But, thankfully, we have two of our relatively shorter trips in Accrington and Bury.”

James Beattie’s side, who failed to win any of their opening 12 league games this season, are involved in a dogfight at the bottom, but had an impressive 3-2 win at Mansfield last time out.

Last six games: Accrington WWWLLW, York LLDDDD.

Last time: Accrington 0 York 1; October 23, 2012; League Two.

Referee: M Heywood (Cheshire).