York City boss Steve Watson is backing Alex Kempster to rediscover his goalscoring form.
The striker is York’s second-highest scorer after Jordan Burrow, though none of his eight league goals have come since the early-December draw at Hereford.
He had what appeared to be a good chance to add to this tally on Saturday at King’s Lynn Town when he did well to fashion some time and space in the area but – with just keeper Alex Street in his way – he laid the ball off for the incoming Paddy McLaughlin, who could not quite reach it before it was taken off him.
There were suggestions that this was the choice of a player low in confidence but Watson insists that there is no reason that should be the case.
Watson also highlighted the development of the well-rated 24-year-old, who signed for York from Northern League outfit Whitley Bay just less than two years ago, and stressed the need to keep supporting the “great talent”.
He said: “He shouldn’t be lacking in confidence. We think very highly of him and the fans think very highly of him.
“He plays virtually every week and has come on leaps and bounds from where he was two years ago.”