York City manager Martin Gray has challenged the club’s senior players to inspire a champagne finish to the season.

The Minstermen remain in a play-off position but, after a run of six straight victories either side of the New Year, have only triumphed in two of their last eight contests, ahead of entertaining a Southport side on Saturday, who have won five on the trot and emerged as credible top-seven contenders.

Laying down the gauntlet to the side’s older heads, Gray insisted: “I want to go into the play-offs in fantastic form. That’s the biggest thing for me now, because we’ve got to peak at the right time.

“We have Football League experience in our changing room and it’s so important that the senior players step up to achieve what we set out to do. I came here because I wanted success and we’ve got to throw everything at this.

“I’ve had a taste of the promotion champagne several times and it’s all you want. I’m hoping this group of players can say ‘I made a difference at York City and helped the club get out of National League North’.

“That’s in their hands and they have to grasp it to take the club where it needs to be. The fans showed their concern and disappointment at the end of the Kidderminster game on Tuesday night, but their support is fantastic and all I want is to give them a lift.”

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