Steve Watson has suggested some York City players might not be “mentally strong” following another home defeat in which they appeared to be lacking confidence.

Saturday was York’s second 1-0 cup loss in two weeks to Altrincham, who again had Tom Peers on target in the FA Trophy third qualifying round tie.

With Tuesday evening’s North Riding County FA Senior Cup match against Pickering Town the exception, it was City’s third defeat in four, a run which also included their first National League North reversal of the season.

Curzon Ashton’s win at the Tameside Stadium cost York their leadership of the division, though they are atill second in the table and two points off table-toppers King’s Lynn Town with a game in hand.

The Minstermen return to Bootham Crescent this Saturday (3pm) when they face Alfreton Town in the league – a game Watson has insisted City must go into “all guns blazing”.

Watson said: “It frustrates me hearing people say ‘why are your team lacking a lot of confidence when you’re sitting second in the table with a game in hand?’

“Without having a go at my players, a lot of these lads maybe aren’t mentally strong.”

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