With just one month remaining of the 2015/2016 football season, teams all over the country are battling for places. Some will be fighting for promotions, some will play for European or play-off places and some will battle for survival. Both York City and Joseph Robson are the latter. With five games remaining in the League Two season, York find themselves in 23rd place with 40 points. Just three points separate the bottom five. Survival will mean the world to York City, £445,000 in the red, as it will allow for a chance to build a stronger squad capable of surviving comfortably in the league. Furthermore the calibre of player that York will attract in the summer is dependant on the outcome of this season. Without doubt remaining in the Football League is key to the progression of this club, and also to the career of Joseph Robson.
Relegation Form? Or Can York Win Survival?
The honeymoon period ended quickly for Joseph Robson. After an unbeaten run of 8 games, York won just 1 in 8 games, scoring 2 goals. York City assistant manager Tony Grant was tasked with attending the post-match press conference after the 3-0 loss to Leyton Orient, a result which saw York slip back down to bottom of League 2. Experienced BBC Three Counties Radio journalist Richard Marshall approached Grant with the question “Do you feel some consolidation in the fact that relegation rivals Barnet were not able to pick up a win today?” Grant replied
“I think it is a waste of time trying to make light of this situation. We need to focus on what we can do and not what anyone else does. We need fight for survival rather than rely on others.”
This seems indicative of the general mood within the York squad. Ambitious target-man Jake Hyde recently came out in support of manager Joseph Robson, stating that ‘we feel revived under Robson’s leadership. The results will come.”
A surprise win against 1st place Wycombe Wanderers backed these claims and further supports views that York City have enough to beat the drop this season. However sitting in 23rd place is a heady reminder that work is still to be done.
Do York City have enough to remain a Football League side?