York City FC are set to host the FA Cup 4th qualifying round match, against the 7th tier Morpeth Town A.F.C. The two teams will meet on Saturday for a chance to progress to the FA Cup first round proper.
York City currently sits 8th in the National League North, winning four out of their last five games. York’s Manager Steve Watson, believes: “There is still a lot to improve on but we’re going in the right direction”, following recent results.
York had a convincing 2-0 win against lower league side Whitby Town in the 3rd qualifying round. Morpeth Town’s form falls short in comparison. They have won only two of their last five games, sitting 18th in the league below York City. However, beating Radcliffe FC with a strong 3-1 result in their 3rd round qualifier.
Spirits among York City’s players are high. York’s forward and leading goal scorer, Clayton Donaldson issued the challenge: “I’ll just sit and say I genuinely fancy ourselves against anybody who’s still left in this round”. Donaldson had immense work rate in the 3-1 win over Southport FC on the 9th. He received praise from his manager, Watson: “Clayton worked his socks off again”. With four goals in seven appearances from the fan favourite, he proves to be a problem upfront.
Returning the challenge, Morpeth will bring their own forward threats. Andrew Johnson, influencing nine goals in fourteen games, remains Morpeth’s key player and York’s biggest issue to overcome. Moreover, the club describes Johnson as: “A key player in the rise up the football league structure”. Should both players be in the starting line up, it will be a battle of the forwards.
The FA 4th qualifying round are high stakes. Not only will the weaker team be knocked out, they will miss the chance to test their abilities. Since League one and League two teams are entering the draw for the first round proper, York City and Morpeth Town clash for the chance to play against the high flight clubs. Although, no one is yet to write off the chance of a Cup upset from Morpeth, despite their poor form. With the magic of the FA Cup, the teams enter with equal chances.