ANY of those players set to make their Wembley bow for York City tomorrow could do a lot worse than sit down for a chat with Daniel Parslow.
The 31-year-old, who returned to Bootham Crescent in January on loan from Cheltenham Town, is the one common factor between the Minstermen’s four previous visits to the rebuilt national stadium and the impending clash with Macclesfield Town.
Parslow has two victories and two defeats to his name under the Arch, those triumphs coming in the space of nine magical days five years ago when York followed a Trophy win over Newport County by beating Luton Town to seal a Football League return.
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“The FA Trophy doesn’t have as much pressure as a play-off final so the boys can go down and express themselves, really enjoy the game,” he said. “You play your best football that way.
“I have been there a few times before and once you have seen the sights and got your bearings with the surroundings, you soon forget all about it. I know the boys will crack on.”
Parslow’s two reverses at Wembley came in the 2009 Trophy final to Stevenage and the following year’s Conference play-off final against Oxford United.
“The difference is massive,” he added when asked about those contrasting experiences. “Walking up those steps to collect your winners’ medal, there is no better feeling.
“That has to be our aim and what we are looking to do. It will be a great day but a better one for winning.”
York may have been relegated three weeks ago but they will go into tomorrow’s final on the back of a league double over the Silkmen.
A 1-0 win in Bootham Crescent’s first game was followed by a 3-1 triumph at Moss Rose. Parslow added: “I played in the March one. They are a good team but we nullified their threats and scored three good goals that evening. We know what they are about.”