Preview: Dorking Wanderers vs. York City - prediction, team news, lineups

sportsmole.co.uk, 24 November 2022, 18:44
Two teams in the bottom half of the National League table will meet on Saturday when Dorking Wanderers host York City as both aim to make progress.

Each squad heads into the match in poor form, as they will be desperate to turn things around starting as soon as this weekend.

Match preview

Dorking Wanderers are only five points away from the relegation zone right now, which is something that they will be aiming to push away from this weekend.

The Wanderers will need to improve defensively to make that happen as they currently have a -10 goal difference, having conceded 45 goals already this season.

No team has conceded more goals than the hosts, which is a clear issue that they are struggling with at the moment.

That was showcased in their most recent performance as they suffered a defeat despite scoring twice as Bromley ended up winning the game 3-2.

The defeat took their winless run to five matches, and that is something that they need to turn around quickly to start making progress up the division.

However, their opponents are currently undergoing an even longer run without a win right now as they have gone seven games without claiming three points.

Even that victory took place in the FA Cup qualifying round, with their previous National League win happening on October 8th.

York City have been more impressive at the back than Dorking, but at the other end of the field they are weaker.

The two teams have different positive and negative traits, meaning it will be a case of which team can overcome them on Saturday should get the positive result.

York City are currently two points ahead of Dorking in the league table, with a victory allowing them to create a much larger gap.

Dorking Wanderers National League form:

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D

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D

L

L

York City National League form:

L

D

L

D

L

L

York City form (all competitions):

D

L

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D

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L

Team News

James McShane has been the lead attacker for Dorking Wanderers this season, and it is likely that he retains his place in the starting lineup this time around.

However, at the back there is a lot of improvement needed for the hosts and that could see a few tweaks be made to the team this time around.

Nathan Thomas has been missing for the past month, and unfortunately for York City that is likely to be the case once again this weekend.

Manny Duku could end up retaining his place in the starting XI on Saturday after he was able to get on the scoresheet in their most recent game.

Dorking Wanderers possible starting lineup:

Huk; Fuller, Cook, Gallagher, Jebb; Moore, Procter, McManus, Taylor; Muitt, Seager

York City possible starting lineup:

Ross; Duckworth, Kouogun, Sanders, Whittle; Pybus, Mafuta, Dyson; Kouhyar, John-Lewis, Duku

We say: Dorking Wanderers 1-1 York City

This fixture brings two teams together with a distinct lack of confidence, and given their league positioning it is one that could change their seasons.

However, considering the lack of victories that either have been able to secure lately it would not be a shock to see them share the points.

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