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Big Jon seeks 200th career goal

By Ian Appleyard | 7th September 2017

Striker Jon Parkin revealed that he was challenged to up his game by manager Gary Mills ahead of Tuesday night's victory at Spennymoor Town.

Parkin, 35, responded in the best way possible - scoring twice from the penalty spot and producing, arguably, his best display of the season as City won 4-2 at the Brewery Field.

"I thought I did alright," he said. "The Gaffer pulled me in (on Monday) and said he wanted more from me so, hopefully, I have shown him that I have done that."

Parkin's double means that he now stands just one short of 200 goals in a professional career that has included spells at 14 different clubs including Barnsley, Stoke City, Hull City, Preston North End, and Cardiff City.

He will be aiming to reach his personal milestone in Saturday's home game against Stockport County (kick-off 3pm).

City led 3-0 at the interval against Spennymoor but conceded two goals before substitute Kaine Felix wrapped up a 4-2 victory in stoppage time.

It was still, however, a vastly improved performance and a confidence-boosting result after defeats against FC United of Manchester and Chorley.

"We had a couple of bad results but this is a good result," said Parkin. "We have dug in, everyone has done their job, and we have come away with three points.

"We have got two home games now which we have got to be looking to get six points from," he stressed. "We have got to make sure that we perform how we know we can.

"I thought the first half (at Spennymoor) was decent and we were in control of the game - but it doesn't matter who we are playing, home or away, we have got to see the game out better than that," he added.

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