Former York City striker Adam Boyes has admitted that he expected his old club to be clear at the top of the National League North table by this stage of the season.

Boyes was a member of the Bradford Park Avenue team humbled 5-0 by the Minstermen at their Horsfall Stadium home back in August. Subsequently, he felt City would be the team to catch this term and didn’t expect his current club to be sitting one point ahead of the full-time North Yorkshire outfit in the final play-off position ahead of Saturday afternoon’s return match.

Boyes is still backing York to secure a top-seven spot, but he stressed that Avenue are also desperate to continue defying the bookmakers, who rated them as 40-1 outsiders for the title in pre-season.

“After that game in August, I thought York would run away with the league,” the 27-year-old forward said. “For some reason, it didn’t work out like that, but they’ve started to pick up results again under the new manager.

“It’s a big game now for both teams. They are one point behind us with a game in hand although, no matter what the result is, I still think York will get into the play-offs.

“But we are in there now and it would be brilliant if we can stay there because, at the start of the season, nobody fancied us at all. We were the favourites to go down, like (fourth-placed) Spennymoor.”

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