York City: Let's get busy and climb that table - Parslow

Anything could happen over the next few months, but one thing's for certain – York City won't be getting many Tuesday nights off.

The New Year's Day win at Gateshead was the Minstermen's first completed game in the Blue Square Conference National since a scoreless draw at Kidderminster on November 30.

A home FA Trophy tie against Boston – which City lost 1-0 – did manage to beat the weather, but the pre-Christmas fixture at Luton was abandoned due to snow and neither festive fixture was played.

Then, after the run out in the north east, last Monday's scheduled home game against Fleetwood Town was postponed 90 minutes before kick off due to a frozen pitch, the only Conference Premier fixture not to be played.

York are in action the next two Tuesday nights and that is likely to be the pattern for much of the rest of the season.

With City in mid-table – seven points above the drop zone and 11 outside the play-offs – how they handle the pile-up will be crucial, as former captain Daniel Parslow admits.

"We've just got to get on with it," the experienced defender told Yorkshire Sport. "I don't think we are going to have many free Tuesday nights until the end of the season, but everybody is in the same boat.

"Football has been affected nationwide, it's not just York City.

"We have got a busy month and the league's very competitive, so no matter where you go or who comes to your place you know you are in for a tough game.

"It's a test of the squad, but I believe we've got a really good squad and they are all capable of doing a job. We'll need everyone pulling together and chipping in."

The Fleetwood call off was a massive disappointment for City, just two days after their impressive 3-0 victory at Gateshead.

"It is frustrating," Parslow said of the spate of cancelled fixtures. "It has come at the wrong time for us, because we were picking up a few decent results in the league.

"It was nice to play last Saturday at Gateshead and I thought we did really well considering we hadn't played for a few weeks. We wanted to kick on in the Fleetwood game and we were really looking forward to it, but it can't be helped.

"It was frustrating, but there's not a lot you can do if the pitch is hard. It was the right decision calling off the game.

"A lot of people were disappointed, but the ground was firm and you don't want injuries. We have played on some very tricky pitches this season – like at Kidderminster, which was really, really hard.

"I was surprised that one passed the inspection, then we had Luton and that pitch was firm, then we had a blizzard and we couldn't finish.

"Ideally you do want to play fixtures when they are scheduled, but sometimes you can't, so we've just got to concentrate on the next game."

York had another break yesterday, for their eagerly-awaited FA Cup trip to Bolton Wanderers, but it will be back down to earth in two days' time when fellow Football League exiles Grimsby Town visit Bootham Crescent.

City's season could yet go either way, so every point from here on in will be precious. Parslow admitted the Minstermen's campaign so far has been a mixed bag.

"A lot has happened," he accepted. "We've had a change of manager, gone out of the FA Trophy and done well in the FA Cup.

"Recently our performances have improved and hopefully we can begin to climb the table. We are mid-table, but games are coming thick and fast now and if you win three or four games, suddenly you are up there.

"We've got to make sure we keep working hard and pugging away and then we can set our sights on the play-offs.

"That's still realistic, there are still plenty of games to go. Hopefully we can keep picking up points and come the end of the season we will be there or thereabouts."

York's new boss Gary Mills was manager of the month for November, before the big freeze struck and Parslow reckons Mills is now getting his message across.

"We are grasping it and we've adapted to his system," he said.

"He encourages us to go out and play and express ourselves and as a player that's what you want. We are not conceding many goals and we are hard to beat.

"If you're not conceding goals, you've always got a chance."

Parslow is also happy with the way he is performing personally: "I have played right-back all this season, so it's not new to me any more.

"It is different, but I am used to it now. I just want to do my best for the team and I am really enjoying it.

"Hopefully I can keep putting in good performances for the team, we can keep winning and we can climb the table as well."

City added to their squad this week, when they paid Bangor City an undisclosed fee for striker Jamie Reed.

He has signed until the end of the 2012-13 season after netting 37 times in 47 games for the Welsh outfit last year. He also scored six in seven during a summer loan spell in Australia with Dandenong Thunder.

Chris Smith and Andre Boucaud both signed permanent deals this week, after stints on loan from Mansfield and Kettering respectively.

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