Keeper Adam Bartlett has admitted that he felt York City’s next opponents Kidderminster Harriers had 13 players on the pitch in the three games between the clubs last season, The York Press report.
With international call-ups for Nuneaton meaning the Minstermen are without a National League North fixture this weekend, the fifth-placed Harriers will provide Bartlett and his team-mates’ next challenge when they arrive at Bootham Crescent a week on Saturday.
Last season, Kidderminster enjoyed 2-1 home victories over City in the league and FA Trophy, after sharing the points in North Yorkshire during a 1-1 draw. The Midlands outfit went on to finish fourth in the standings before missing out on promotion through the play-offs for a second successive campaign.
Since then, though, boss John Eustace has departed and been replaced by former Coventry City caretaker manager Neil MacFarlane, with Bartlett admitting it will be interesting to see whether his ex-employers are still the division’s “best passing” outfit.
“I’ll be playing against my third old club in a row,” said the ex-Blyth and Hereford keeper. “Last season, they were the best passing team in the league and, during the three times I played against them, they moved the ball around very, very well so, at times, it felt like they had 13 players on the pitch.
“They’ve since brought in some experienced players and our fans know all about Ashley Chambers, who has started well there and we’ll be expecting a tough game, as most are against the more-established teams in the league.”
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