With a win and a defeat behind us in the opening games, Saints travel to York City on Saturday. Last season’s trip to Bootham Crescent had been felt to be the last with the demolition team on stand-by but with York’s new stadium not ready Kevin Wilkin takes his side for a third visit to the ground that has been home to York City for almost 90 years.
“York have had a change around and will be tough for us on Saturday,” Wilkin said looking ahead to Saturday’s fixture. “We have to dust ourselves down, find our feet and get some cohesion. After the first two matches, clearly from a goal scoring point of view it’s a concern and something we have to address.”
Shane Byrne returned to the side at Leamington and the full squad is available for selection for the trip to York.
The Minstermen have ex-Newcastle and Everton midfielder Steve Watson in charge and have brought in a significant number of new players to make them the bookies’ favourites for promotion. The latest signing is Steve McNulty, a vastly experienced centre-back, 35, who was with Tranmere Rovers last season. He has joined City late in the close season and steps in as captain.
York won at Altrincham on the opening day, scoring three times having gone a goal behind. Dan Maguire, one of the new signings from Blyth Spartans, made a first appearance at Altrincham but missed the second game at home against newcomers Farsley Celtic. That game ended goal-less in front of a midweek crowd of 2938 to leave York unbeaten and on four points going into the clash with Saints.
If you cannot get to the game you can follow the action with regular updates on BBC Radio Oxford and via the club Twitter feed.