Skipper Sean Newton still believes York City are the best team in National League North.

The eighth-placed Minstermen remain one point outside the play-off places, but Newton has also not given up hope of catching faltering leaders Salford. City have already won 2-1 at Salford in the FA Cup this season and defeated four other top-seven sides in Brackley, Spennymoor, Blyth Spartans and Bradford Park Avenue.

The gap to Salford has been shortened to a still-sizeable 14 points following the Manchester outfit’s run of four matches without a victory – a slump that has coincided with the Minstermen’s first hat-trick of consecutive wins since April 2014. Back then, Nigel Worthington’s team secured a play-off spot, despite sitting third-bottom in the Football League midway through the campaign.

Newton is now targeting a similar charge, with fellow promotion hopefuls Bradford and Spennymoor visiting Bootham Crescent on consecutive weekends, either side of a midweek trip to Telford, while a crucial January will then be concluded at ninth-placed Stockport.

“We all know that we are the best team in this league,” the 29-year-old midfielder declared. “We’ve just been a bit inconsistent.

“Now, it’s all about keeping the consistency going and making sure that, whoever comes into the team, knows their jobs, so we can keep picking up wins. We’ve hit form at the right time now.

“Fans don’t want to hear that, because they want you to be in form all season, but there’s always a team that goes on a run from January onwards and, hopefully, that will be us. It’s a great month for us playing a lot of teams in and around the play-offs, like Bradford, Spennymoor and Stockport, which gives us a great incentive to keep our winning run going.

“Two of those games are at home and Salford are slipping up now so, if we put together five or six wins, anything can happen. You could be near the top the way this league is.”

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