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Mills warns of 'toughest' test so far

By Ian Appleyard | 25th August 2017

Gary Mills has described tomorrow's trip to Southport (kick-off 3pm) as York City's 'toughest' test of the season so far.

The Minstermen are sixth in National League North and unbeaten in four games but third-placed Southport are yet to lose and have 13 points from a possible 15.

City manager Mills said: "Southport, without doubt, is going to be a tough test, possibly the toughest away game so far - if not the toughest game out of the teams we have played so far.

"Even though Darlington are a good side, I think Southport have proved that they are going to be there or thereabouts this season. They have started well and I know their manager, Alan Lewer, very well. He's brought in some good experienced players.

"They will be full of themselves having won four and drawn one so far. It's about time they lost," Mills added.

City will be seeking to maintain their 100 per cent away record this season after victories at Blyth Spartans and Bradford Park Avenue.

"Our away form has been excellent," said Mills. "We have looked strong and looked like a team that can go away from home and not fear the opposition which is great.

"It is two teams who were relegated last season and two teams who are looking to bounce straight back. It all makes for a good game," he added.

Defender Hamza Bencherif is available again after serving a one game ban and striker Jon Parkin is hoping to return after missing the last three games with a calf problem.

City will have less than 48 hours to recover from tomorrow's game before hosting FC United of Manchester at Bootham Crescent on Bank Holiday Monday (kick-off 3pm).

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