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York City v Kidderminster Harriers
York City start their league campaign with a visit from Kidderminster Harriers to Bootham Crescent this weekend. Manager Martin Foyle will make a late check on former Kidderminster Harriers right-back Duane Courtney (below), who has been suffering with a troublesome knee injury since joining the Minstermen over the summer. Fellow newcomer Greg Young is not expected to be involved as he continues to recover from a bruised foot, and therefore either Danny Parslow or Djoumin Sangare will partner David McGurk in the centre of defence, with Alex Lawless an option to cover at right-back."Duane has been training fantastic this week and I`m not ruling him out, but I will have no problems playing somebody else there, as we have players who can double up in positions," Foyle told The Press."Alex has played there virtually all his career and Dan Parslow has filled in well there in the past," he continued."Greg`s done a fair bit of running this week and, despite having a gashed head, he`s been heading the ball away when we`ve been practising set-pieces in training. He`s certainly not one of the soft ones."Another player looking to impress is winger David McDermott, who recently quit Kidderminster in order to join York. He will likely contest a wide position with both Peter Till and Chris Carruthers, while new signings George Purcell and Jonathan Smith may have to settle for places on the bench.Definitely not involved is reserve left-back Andy McWilliams after joining Stalybridge Celtic on loan this week.The visitors are a much-changed side from last season with a number of players departing Aggborough Stadium and only five staying from last term.One of those, midfielder John Finnigan, is already ruled out with a knee injury, while Lee Vaughan begins a four-match suspension. Otherwise defender Tom Sharpe has been passed fit and newcomer and former England under-21 international Lee Morris is set to partner Chris McPhee in attack.
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