York City manager Martin Gray has challenged his team to emulate last season’s National League North champions Salford by bouncing back from the disappointment of an opening-day defeat.

The Minstermen lost 1-0 at Chorley following Adam Blakeman’s first-half goal, but a bullish Gray insisted his team would improve, starting against title favourites Stockport at Bootham Crescent on Tuesday night.

Gray helped mastermind a shock victory at Salford when his then Darlington team kicked off the 2017/18 campaign with a 2-0 triumph courtesy of a brace from David Ferguson, who was an unused City substitute this afternoon and, placing the Chorley loss in context, Gray reasoned: “After that result last season, Salford went on a terrific run and just got stronger.

“We’ve now got to do that by reproducing our first-half performance against Chorley for 90 minutes against Stockport.

“We wanted to get off to a good start and we had a great pre-season, which people might feel means nothing, but it will do during the next ten months because it’s only the first game and we will get better.”

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