York City boss Steve Watson has stressed that he will not be satisfied until the Minstermen are in the thick of next season’s promotion chase.

Watson, who took over as manager three months ago, has already steered the club away from the relegation zone and on to the fringes of this season’s play-off chase in Vanarama National League North.

Mathematically, play-off qualification remains a possibility, however City are nine points adrift of the play-off zone with only four league games to play.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s trip to Chester (kick-off 3pm), Watson said: “From where we took over a few months ago, we can be pleased – but I think you will find myself and Micky Cummins (assistant-manager) won’t be totally satisfied until we have a spell in and around the play-offs and the top of the league area – which is where we hope we will spend most of next season!

“We are not losing many games and we had a good win on Saturday but there is still a lot to improve on,” he added.

Asked whether play-off qualification was now a ‘bridge too far’, Watson said: “It’s going to mean (other) teams having a horrific finish to the season and we are going to have to win every single game.”

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