'No reason why' York City cannot hold their own in National League next season

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York City forward Kurt Willoughby leads the post-match celebrations after the Vanarama National League North play-off final victory over Boston United. Picture: Tom Poole
York City forward Kurt Willoughby leads the post-match celebrations after the Vanarama National League North play-off final victory over Boston United. Picture: Tom Poole

JOHN ASKEY insists that he sees “no reason why” York City cannot hold their own in the Vanarama National League next season.

York ended their five-season stay in regional football by beating Boston United 2-0 in the National League North play-off final.

The results sees City back into the top-flight of non-league football and a step closer to a return to the Football League, a position they held as recently as 2016.

“There’s a lot of (National League) clubs with big budgets,” said manager Askey. “I don’t know what our budget will be. Hopefully it’s a budget that will be competitive.

“If we are competitive, there’s no reason why in the first year, we can’t hold our own.”

York’s promotion marks an incredible turnaround produced by Askey since he succeeded Steve Watson in November.

The City boss won just two of his first eight league matches and by the start of February, the Minstermen sat 15th.

An upturn in form saw York finish fifth before beating Chorley, Brackley Town and Boston in the play-offs, having failed to beat any of those sides in the regular season.

Askey though stressed that the club now enters its “most important” phase in recruiting and retaining players for the next campaign, a task which begins this week.

“We’ve got to sit down (with them),” he said of his current squad. “We’re going up another level and this is where the hard work starts.

“It’s the most important time, as soon as the season finishes, there’s recruitment.

“Going up a league, we’ve got to look at different players. The ones that we’ve got, we’ll try and keep as many as we can, who we think we can do a job.”

Meanwhile, Askey said that he hoped defender Scott Barrow’s leg injury, which saw him stretched off against Boston is “not as serious as it looked.”

“Scott has been terrific in the past four or five months,” said the manager.

“I’m just hoping that he’s fine because he’s had a lot of injuries over his career and it’s stopped him from playing higher, so hopefully it’ll be ok.”

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