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Dan Maguire to travel with York City squad for the top of the table clash at King’s Lynn

York City striker Dan Maguire will travel with the squad for today’s top of the table meeting with King’s Lynn.

Maguire has been plagued by injuries since his summer move to York from Blyth Spartans, having been marked by manager Steve Watson as the man to lead City’s frontline for this campaign.

He has been restricted him to just seven appearances for the club, none of which have come since the turn of the new year.

However, the Newcastle-born forward has taken part in all of York’s training sessions this week, Watson stated, and will make the trip to Norfolk for Saturday’s pivotal game.

Back in September’s Vanarama National League North reverse fixture, York beat King’s Lynn 3-0 at Bootham Crescent, despite conceding much of the possession to the visitors, though never looking in any real danger of losing the game by its latter stages.

Promoted from the Southern League premier division central play-offs the last term, King’s Lynn’s rise to the summit of the division has taken most observers by surprise.

Steve Watson said that in spite of what got mentioned about the differences between the two clubs, ultimately they were both in the same league and they were both the top two teams as they stood that moment.

The match has been described by local media in King’s Lynn as the club’s biggest league game in a number of decades.

While there’s obvious pressure on York as the bookies’ pre-season promotion favorites, how the hosts cope with the magnitude of the occasion at The Walks also seems pertinent.

“Certainly by the way that the press has gone this week, the pressure has tried to be put on us,” said Watson.

 “Ultimately, I’ll accept that because we’re a big club.

“But, they’re the in-form team in the league at the moment, they’re top of the league and they’re the one that everybody needs to chase.

“So, there’s pressure on both sides.”