Dorking Wanderers vs York City: National League Preview, Gameweek 21, 2022
Dorking players gather round (Photo by Richard Martin-Roberts/Getty Images)

Dorking Wanderers host York City in the first ever meeting between the two sides, on Saturday. Neither team can boast particularly good form at the moment, having not won a single game during November so far.

Marc White's Wanderers enjoyed a fair start to life in the National League after winning promotion via the playoffs last season. They have so far managed to beat the likes of Notts County, Dagenham and Barnet, but take up 16th in the table, and searching for a first victory in five.

Two points out of a possible 15 won't sit well for Dorking, especially having squandered a two-goal lead against Torquay in recent weeks.

Their opponents York City also gained promotion from the sixth tier of English football last term, and began the new season in an unlikely playoff zone battle.

Settling in and around 7th place until mid-October, the Minstermen exceeded expectations. Though, their form of late has been poor at best, failing to win a single league game in the last seven.

The recent shock sacking of popular manager John Askey doesn't favour City either - their ongoing downfall leaves them 15th, two points ahead of Dorking.

  • Team News

Dorking Wanderers

Star striker Alfie Rutherford was confirmed to have suffered a ruptured ACL back in September, meaning he will likely miss the remainder of the season.

During boss Marc White's weekly update, he mentioned that Seb Bowerman will require a scan on his Achilles after coming off in the Bromley game, that ending in an eventual 3-2 defeat.

Jordan Cheadle is ruled out with a hamstring problem, plus Josh Taylor suffered an ankle knock, and his fitness is yet to be confirmed ahead of the York game.

Jasper Pattenden's recovery from a head injury continues and is also unlikely to be available for selection.

Goalkeeper Slav Huk has joined Leatherhead on loan for the rest of the season, it was confirmed midweek. Huk has made seven league appearances for Wanderers in the 2022/23 campaign.

York City

After more than three months on the sidelines, left-back Adam Crookes went straight back into the starting eleven last Saturday against Wealdstone, so is again in contention to start in this one.

Scott Burgess recently returned from a short loan spell at Kidderminster Harries, so is in contention, though experienced injury-returning midfielder Paddy McLaughlin has swapped positions and now serves a loan at Harriers.

Two other City men are doubtful for the trip down South this weekend - AJ Greaves looks to remain out with a broken nose; Nathan Thomas' hamstring injury is still a bother too.

Forward Manny Duku made way at half-time in the Wealdstone game after scoring the opener - a potential injury may have been suffered and York might be without Duku against Dorking. Defender Sam Sanders wasn't involved at all.

An accumulation of five yellow cards throughout the season means an unfortunate one-game ban for vice-captain Mitch Hancox.

  • Likely Lineups

Dorking Wanderers

Walsh, Philpot, Gallagher, Cook, Pattenden, Moore, Tar, McShane, Bowerman, Seager, Ottaway

York City

Ross, Kouogun, Kerr, Crookes, Fallowfield, Dyson, Pybus, Mafuta, Whittle, John-Lewis, Hurst

  • Key Players

James McShane

After scoring 14 goals in twice as many matches in Wanderers' promotion campaign, there wasn't much doubt that he was going to perform in the National League.

Donning the captain's armband, McShane has netted 12 times in 18 appearances, incredibly the third-most scored in the division, just behind the ever-prolific Paul Mullin and Macauley Langstaff.

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Lenell John-Lewis

Comically nicknamed The Shop for quite obvious reasons, John-Lewis is no stranger to National League football with over 160 appearances combined playing in the league, and the North section as well. He proved a heroic loan signing for York last season, scoring in all three playoff matches to guide the Minstermen to promotion.

This term, John-Lewis has netted all his eight goals away from home, so the Dorking defence will have to do well to keep an eye on him on Saturday.

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  • Match Details

Where is the game being played?

The first-ever clash between Dorking and York will take place at Dorking's Meadowbank Stadium, opened in 1953, and with a capacity of 3,000 (522 seated).

Wanderers have won four out of ten of their home games this season - they sit 14th in the home form table.

What time is kickoff?

A regular kickoff time of 3pm GMT is in place, as with all National League fixtures today.

How can I watch?

Given the 3pm blackout rule in the UK, there will be no live stream.

However, both clubs will provide live updates via social media. You can also listen to commentary on BBC Radio Surrey and BBC Radio York.

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