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High aims for old league rivals

By Ian Appleyard | 7th September 2017

GARY Mills has described York City's home clash against Stockport County as a fixture between two clubs desperate to get back into the Football League.

Only 20 years ago, Stockport lost to Middlesbrough in the semifinals of the League Cup and won promotion to the Championship.

They have now been in the sixth tier of English football for four years and are currently level on points with City in the race for promotion back to the National League.

City and County were still Division Two rivals in 1997 but have only spent one season together in the last two decades. Until now.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's home game (kick-off 3pm), City manager Mills said: "It is two teams who are desperate to get out of this league and back into the Football League. There will be a big crowd.

"We are level on points and, if we beat them, we go above them. That's always a nice incentive. It makes for a good game.

"Stockport is a similar club to ourselves and are probably fed up being in this league," he said. "They have been here too long but that proves how tough this league is to get out of."

City striker Jon Parkin is chasing his 200th career goal after moving onto 199 goals when scoring two penalties in the midweek victory at Spennymoor Town.

Midfielder Simon Heslop is available after serving a one game ban but Adriano Moke (thigh) is still sidelined along with longer-term absentees Clovis Kamdjo and Matty Fry.

"We have won our last game and now we need to start getting good results at home," said Mills. "The form has been OK but we have not had the results. We need to start backing up our away points ratio by getting points at home."

On Parkin's goal chase, Mills said: "The hardest thing to do in football is score goals. I dont think you can teach that art. You are a goalscorer or you are not a goalscorer.

"Jon gets his head down and hits the target. If the goalkeeper saves it, he saves it. That's been his attitude all through his career and that's why he is on 199 goals. Hopefully, he will get his 200th on Saturday, if selected.

"I love working with him. He doesn't make things difficult for me and what I liked at Spennymoor was that he was back to something like. He had a couple of games where he needed to get back his sharpness.

"The genius manager I worked with all those years ago (Brian Clough) used to say 'there is only thing that doesn't move in football and that's the goalposts - you have just got to know where they are!"

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