Stevenage v York City: Worthington ready to address scoring issue

York 'City's Wes Fletcher.
York 'City's Wes Fletcher.
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NIGEL WORTHINGTON is steadfastly taking the glass half-full mantra following York City’s start to the campaign.

The Minstermen, fresh from last season’s sterling exploits when they were within three games of an amazing promotion to League One, are yet to breach the wins column in five league games this term.

Equally, they are also yet to see their colours lowered after five straight draws.

Plenty has been made of his side’s early travails in front of goal, with the Minstermen having netted just once in open play in seven matches in all competitions.

Worthington admits he is contemplating entering the loan market when it re-opens if the situation does not improve – and a move for a target opens up.

But, for the time being, the onus remains on the existing players to find an answer with Worthington having been pleased with many aspects of his side’s play this term.

Worthington said: “You would prefer more points, but the fact we are unbeaten in the league is a little plus from a mental point of view.

“We have a method of playing and it is important we stick to that as it is working for us. The only thing which is not happening at the moment is getting the ball in the back of the net and we are all conscious of that. We have to relax in those areas and be bright and sharp and make it happen.

“Some of the team play has been very, very good and it is a squad, not a striker thing.

“It goes right throughout the team and we really have to be positive to make it happen because we have got the players.

“But at some stage, we have got to make all the good play count because for all the good we are doing at the other end, if you do not take your chances, sooner or later the opposition will take one and it is an uphill battle.

“The scoring is something we have to address. The loan window opens next week and the players have the chance to put things right on Saturday to finish all the good things that are happening.”

York will assess forward Wes Fletcher (hamstring) this morning after he was substituted at the break in Tuesday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy exit at Barnsley.

Tom Platt is missing with an ankle problem, although he should return to full training next week. Josh Carson (knee) remains sidelined.

Last six: Stevenage LLDLWL; York LDDDDL.

Last time: Stevenage 1 York 0; April 24, 2010; Blue Square Premier.

Referee: D Sheldrake (Surrey).