York City boss Martin Gray insisted his team will still challenge for automatic promotion this season despite the gap to the top widening to 11 points.

The Minstermen fell further off the pace following a 3-2 defeat at second-placed Salford, who are ten points clear of Gray’s side with a game in hand.

Leaders Harrogate have also played one fixture fewer, while defeat at Moor Lane meant City even dropped out of the play-off positions.

Late goals by substitutes Louis Almond and Aidan Connolly proved insufficient after home skipper Liam Hogan had netted twice, either side of a first-half Jack Redshaw effort.

But a defiant Gray remained adamant that the Bootham Crescent outfit are still targeting the one spot that guarantees promotion from National League North, while stressing the need to now take maximum points from home games against Tamworth and Curzon Ashton on successive weekends.

“We’ve got to go on a run and get a winning mentality,” the ex-Darlington chief stressed. “You can’t push for championships when you win one, draw one and lose one, as we have just done.”

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