York City boss Gary Mills says his side are still up for the fight against staying in the Vanarama National League despite suffering a 3-1 loss to his old club Gateshead on Tuesday night.

The in-form Tynesiders came away from Bootham Crescent with all three points thanks to goals from Danny Johnson, Wes York and former Minstermen midfielder Paddy McLaughlin.

That moved Neil Aspin’s side up to sixth in the National League table, just one point and one place behind the play-off spots.

The defeat left York six points from safety and left Mills once again using a word that is becoming a regular occurance in the post-mattch interviews.

Summing up the defeat at home Mills said “The word frustration has been used so many times, the fact is we have three players who can take chances, they will be disappointed they didn’t take them all.

It’s highlighted more due to where we are, we know how hard it is to get goals, but I felt this loss was down to being disorganized at the back.”

During the match Vadaine Oliver scored an equaliser for the Minstermen.

Oliver returned from a loan spell with Notts County and is now a key part of Mills’ squad and the Minstermen boss is delighted with his response since returning to Bootham Crescent.

“He’s come back in and is working hard” said Mills.

“He could have had some more already, we he could have helped us get the lead before we went a goal down again before half-time.”

Next up on the agenda for Mills is the Minstermen’s FA Trophy Quarter Final against National League North club Brackley Town.

They return to league action next Tuesday night with an away game against FA Cup heroes Lincoln City.

Mills hasn’t ruled out further moves in the transfer market as he prepares for some challenging fixtures, especially with the news that key midfielder Simon Lappin is out for the rest of the season.

Mills revealed “We have Lappin out for the season, for the first time in a few weeks I’ve thought now may be the time to get the right player in, there have been loan deals in the past that haven’t been right but certain players may not be up for the fight if they did join so it has to be the right characters.”

Article: Thomas Feaheny (@thomasfeaheny)
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