Adriano Moke has admitted York City must make an onslaught on the National League North play-off positions in the New Year.

The Minstermen have dropped two points off the top-seven pace following last weekend’s 2-1 defeat to second-bottom Boston United.

Defeat also meant Martin Gray’s team are 21 points adrift of top-of-the-table Salford and 12 behind Harrogate Town and Brackley, who currently occupy the respective second and third-placed positions that guarantee a bye straight into the play-off semi-finals and home advantage in those ties.

With the season reaching its midway-point after this weekend’s trip to Telford, Moke believes January will be a crunch month for the Minstermen to outline their promotion credentials following an inconsistent campaign thus far.

After Sean Newton moved swiftly to convince doubting City supporters that the players do care about the club’s fortunes following the Boston defeat, Moke has also echoed his skipper’s sentiments, saying: “Personally, I can’t stand losing.

“I hugely appreciate our fans’ loyalty coming and supporting us home and away, but it hurts me when some say we don’t care, because we do and, when we lose or don’t get a point, I go home and don’t want to talk to anybody until Sunday evening. But, then, we have to start again on Monday morning and work on what we need to.

“Football’s a tough sport, but we’re giving it all we can – believe it or not – and it’s a tough league, even though we know we shouldn’t be in it. Teams are doing their homework and know our strengths and weaknesses and want to beat us because they’re playing York City.

“We’re still thinking about how to beat these teams. What I would say is this league is a really tough one to get out of.

“Most of us players knew that and I said that as soon as we were relegated, but we’ve just got to keep going and see what happens. I just want to get in the play-offs.

“There’s still quite a way to go, but it’s January next month and you really need to go for it then and get result after result.”

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