Rochdale v York City: Leaders offer crucial test for Minstermen

Nigel Worthington.
Nigel Worthington.
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MANAGER Nigel Worthington believes York City are one of four sides chasing two remaining play-off places.

The Minstermen travel to leaders Rochdale sitting just outside the top seven on goal difference.

Southend United and Oxford United are the two clubs keeping York in eighth, all three clubs having 59 points from 40 games.

Plymouth Argyle sit a further four points adrift in ninth but, crucially, have a game in hand on every other club in the top half of the table.

Worthington, yesterday named League Two Manager of the Month, said: “I would say there are three and probably four teams now vying for two places.

“We have got ourselves into a decent position but that won’t count for anything unless we can now push on.”

Burton Albion and Fleetwood Town are the two clubs who look to be on course for the play-offs, with the duo being six points clear of Southend, Oxford and York but five points adrift of the top three.

Rochdale lead the way at the summit, which is why today’s trip to Spotland is likely to be a big test of York’s promotion aspirations.

Worthington, whose side have kept a clean sheet in eight of their last nine games, added: “There would be no better place to keep our good form going than at the home of the team who look like winning the division.

“I don’t see it as the ultimate test, though. We already have a draw to our name this season against Rochdale, as we have against a number of sides near the top.”

Ben Davies returned to training yesterday after being interviewed by police in relation to spot-fixing allegations. The teenager, on loan from Preston, has not been charged with any offence and will play today.