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Jameson relishing Spartans return

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By Dan Simmonite | 13th August 2019

Pete Jameson is relishing his return to Croft Park today in which the shot-stopper will play against former team Blyth Spartans.

Jameson made the move to North Yorkshire this summer after plying his trade strictly in the North East for the likes of South Shields and Darlington; also spending two seasons in between the sticks for Blyth – helping the Club reach the National League North Playoffs last term.

Speaking to the local media before the game he said: “I’m really looking forward to it, it’s a great Club and I enjoyed my last two years there – it will be nice to go back and see some familiar faces.

“I know personally from being in that situation at Blyth that when you are playing York City they are a massive Club so everyone wants to beat them.

“They will be up for the game, which every team will be, but when the match kicks off there’s no friends – it’s down to business getting that win.”

Jameson is not the only City player to have connections in Blyth; Dan Maguire, Kieran Green and Macaulay Langstaff all featuring for the Club in previous years.

Spartans boss Lee Clark was also a teammate of Steve Watson at Newcastle United in the 90s, with Watson equally a part of Clark’s backroom staff when he was manager of Huddersfield Town and Birmingham City.

But both coaches find themselves at opposite ends of the table going into the fixture, largely down to the Minstermen only conceding a single goal so far this season; a statistic which Jameson credits to the manager: “The gaffer is very defensive minded, we have the mentality of everyone would run through a brick wall for him and it’s a really strong changing room.”

The Geordie ‘keeper has played a big part in City’s tight defence this season, seemingly solidifying his position in the starting eleven and notably saving in injury time against Brackley on Saturday to secure the three points for York.

Jameson explained: “We knew coming into the season that we had to have a good start; we need to give the fans something to shout about, which also gets us motivated.

“It’s great to make a last minute save, but that’s part of my job to come here and keep clean sheets and then hopefully the lads at the other end can get the goals.”

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