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24 January 2013

We look ahead to Saturday's game

In 21 games this season he has dismissed six players, including Danny Jackman in the above game, and issued 82 yellow cards.

The West Sussex referee returns to Priestfield having taken charge of the home game with Rochdale back in September.

David Rock Fourth Official –
Adrian Gillett & Robert Hodges Assistants –
David Phillips OFFICIALS -
Referee –

In the 18 previous fixtures with York here at Priestfield the Gills have won seven, drawn seven and lost four.

There have been 36 previous games dating back to the first in October 1958 with the Gills narrowly holding the upper hand having won 12 and drawn 13 of these.

Because a waterlogged pitch saw the scheduled game at Bootham Crescent postponed on December 22, this is the first meeting of the two sides since Carl Asaba, Robert Taylor and Guy Butters all scored in a 3-1 home victory for the Gills back in January 1999 – Rodney Rowe got the Minstermen’s consolation. PREVIOUS MEETINGS -

These are followed by Matty Blair and Michael Coulson with five apiece, Jamie Reed on four while both Patrick McLaughlin and Michael Potts have three to their name.

Ashley Chambers and Jason Walker are currently joint top of the Minstermen’s goalscoring chart with eight goals apiece.

The strikers are followed by attacking duo Myles Weston and Chris Whelpdale who have both netted six times.

Danny Kedwell and Deon Burton continue to lead the way in front of goal for the Gills with 12 and 10 goals respectively. LEADING GOALSCORERS -

On their travels City have won four, which came at Accrington Stanley (1-0), Aldershot Town (2-0), Barnet (3-1) and Rochdale (3-2) and drawn another seven. They have lost just three times on the road, these were at Burton Albion (3-1), Chesterfield (3-0) and Plymouth Argyle (2-0).

Having returned to the Football League in the summer after an eight-year absence, York currently lie 15th in the League Two table having picked up 36 points (eight wins and 12 draws) from their 28 games so far. THE SEASON SO FAR -

However defenders David McGurk (hamstring) and Chris Doig are both expected to miss the trip south while strikers Ashley Chambers (stomach) and Michael Coulson (cruciate) are both ruled out by long-term injuries.

Meanwhile City winger Oli Johnson, who has been out of action with groin and stomach problems since November, returned to action with a 20 minute run out in a behind-closed-doors reserve friendly in midweek.
Young Blackburn Rovers defender Jack O’Connell is said to have arrived on loan while Jameel Ible, another defender, has joined from Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Salford City until the end of the season.

York manager Gary Mills may be able to include a couple of new faces in his squad this weekend if press reports are correct.

Gillingham assistant manager John Schofield stated in this afternoon’s press conference that there were no injury worries ahead of Saturday’s game – everyone is 100% fit. TEAM NEWS -

Kick-off: 3.00pm
MEMS Priestfield Stadium
Saturday January 26 2013
npower League Two GILLINGHAM v YORK CITY

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