York City v Forest Green – MATCH PREVIEW

York City will host Forest Green on Saturday which will be broadcast live on BT Sport. The Minstermen need at least a point to have any chance of survival in this years Vanarama National League.

The match kicks off at 12:15pm and will be covered on BT Sport 1 from 11:30am. You could argue that this is the biggest match in York City’s history with a lot riding on them to keep their National league status. The added pressure of the live cameras could go both ways, a national embarrassment or a historical moment for the club, fighting off an almost certain relegation.

Forest Green also have something to play for at the other end of the table, having already solidified their spot in the playoffs, they battle with Dagenham & Redbridge for 3rd spot and a second leg home tie.


Forest Green have the best attack in the league, scoring 86 goals this season, even more than league champions Lincoln City. Their fire power up front is lead by top scorer Christian Doidge who has scored an impressive 25 goals this season and is runner up in the top goal scorers table.

York City will welcome back former loanee Charlie Cooper; Gary Mills’ first signing for the club on his return. He didn’t make the cut at York with Mills expressing that he needed to move on. However he has been a vital part of the Forest Green midfield, starting 20 games in the latter part of the season.

In terms of form this season Forest Green slipped up later on in the season which crushed their automatic promotion push. But recently they have won 3 times in their last 5 games, failing to win in their last two fixtures. Most notably they were defeated by already relegated Southport 2-0 on Easter Monday.

Forest Green Rovers will be going through the playoffs for the 3rd season in a row. Having lost in the semi finals in 2015 to Bristol Rovers and in the finals to Grimsby last year. 3rd time lucky maybe?

Who can still be relegated?

Mathematically six teams are still in danger of being relegated from the National League. But most likely it will be between Woking, Torquay, Guiseley, York City and Braintree to do decide who will fill the two remaining relegation places.

York City will need at least a point to be in with a chance of staying clear. But this relies on 20th placed Guiseley to lose their game against Solihull and Braintree to lose or draw at Aldershot.

Ideally York City need a win as this will put pressure on other teams to get points as high up as Woking, who can still be relegated despite being four spots clear of the relegation zone.

I did a post on who will be relegated / who will make the playoffs last week if you are interested.

The table at the bottom

18. Woking – 52 Points (-14)

19. Torquay United – 50 Points (-9)

20. Guiseley – 50 Points (-17)

21. York Cty – 49 Points (-15)

22. Braintree Town – 48 Points (-23)

Important fixtures

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York City v Forest Green (21st v 3rd)

Dagenham & Redbridge v Woking (4th v 18th)

Torquay Utd v North Ferriby (19th v 23rd)

Guiseley v Solihull Moors (20th v 16th)

Aldershot v Braintree (5th v 22nd)

York City have sold at least 1000 advance tickets for the Saturday fixture, along with the 1257 current season ticket holders. Although the match is not all ticket, York City have recommended that you buy in advance. More details can be found on the York City FC website.

Published by Dan Simmonite

Aspiring sport media professional currently working with Northumberland FA. Also write for the grassroots section of the Newcastle Chronicle.

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