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Winning the title is City's aim

By Ian Appleyard | 17th August 2017

YORK City manager Gary Mills has stated his desire to win National League North this season.

The Minstermen, who entertain Nuneaton Town at Bootham Crescent on Saturday (kick-off 3pm), are currently seventh in the table after the opening four games.

Mills knows a first home victory of the season against Nuneaton could lift City into the top three.

"We want to finish top of the pile. That's the aim and that's what we want to do," Mills said. "We are five points off top now but one win can change that."

City will be hoping it is a case of third time lucky against Nuneaton after a defeat and a draw in the opening two home games against AFC Telford United and Darlington, respectively.

"After drawing with Darlington, it's important to pick up points against Nuneaton to keep us in that top seven," said Mills. It's vital to continue that performance level and, with a little bit of luck, we will get the win we want at home.

"We could quite easily have won both games at home and, possibly, should have done," he reflected. "It would be great to get the win on Saturday, If we do that, we will certainly stay top seven, and chances are we could go as close as top three.

Mills confirmed that striker Jon Parkin has an outside chance of being involved on Saturday after missing the last two games with a calf injury.

Parkin has undergone a scan this week which revealed no major issues.

"There's nothing really there of major importance," said Mills. "There's a little bit of swelling but nothing major. That's good news.

"Whether he will be involved on Saturday, we will have to wait and see, but there's an outside chance that he might be. Jon will be completely honest with me. If he's not right, he won't be involved. If he feels he can be, he will.

Centreback Hamza Bencherif serves a one game ban so Mills will decide whether to bring defender Jassem Sukar into the side for a first start or move captain Sean Newton into defence from midfield.

Former City favourite Ashley Chambers, meanwhile, is expected to start for Nuneaton and Mills said: "I am sure he will get a nice welcome from the home fans. But let's hope he doesn't have a good game."

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