Sean Newton reckons Hereford striker Reece Styche – the scourge of York City defences during the past two seasons – will steer clear of skipper Steve McNulty on Tuesday night.

Centre-back Newton believes that Styche always tries to prey on the opposition’s weakest player, discounting the imperious McNulty and even modestly suggesting it might, therefore, need to be him that contends with the irritating 30-year-old at Edgar Street.

Styche terrorised and bullied on-loan rookie Dundee defender Tom Bradbury during last season’s meeting between his then-team Alfreton and the Minstermen, bagging a brace and also winning his side two penalties.

A traumatised Bradbury never made another City squad, but Newton feels that, if any side are only as strong as their weakest link, then the visitors, who have conceded fewer goals this term than any other side in English football’s top seven divisions bar Premier League high-fliers Leicester, should cope fine with Styche.

“In the past, we have lacked the experience and know-how to deal with him but, with big Steve (McNulty) next to you, he does not let you get involved in things like that with people who want to fight you, cause you problems and do things off the ball,” Newton pointed out.

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