York City goalkeeper Jon Worsnop has confessed he was disappointed for the club’s “Championship-standard” supporters following the 2-0 derby defeat to National League North neighbours Harrogate Town.

More than half of the 2,800 sell-out, capacity crowd at Wetherby Road was made up of visiting fans, who saw Joe Leesley and Liam Agnew goals help Harrogate secure victory in the first-ever league meeting between the two North Yorkshire clubs.

It was a painful experience for the Minstermen faithful – some of whom will remember their side competing in the English game’s second tier 41 years ago – with a remorseful Worsnop admitting: “We’ve got amazing supporters who turned up for a local derby in the kind of numbers that you don’t always get with a Championship club for an away game.

“That made it a brilliant occasion and I was so disappointed for all of them.”

Manager Gary Mills, meanwhile, was the target for a section of the away followers’ frustration at the final whistle, but the Bootham Crescent chief retains the full support of his keeper, who added: “I have every faith in the gaffer.

“I think he’s a great gaffer and I’m sure he’ll put things right.”

Despite defeat meaning City fell 11 points behind their top-of-the-table hosts, Worsnop went on to argue that they were not discernibly superior to his team-mates, but that Mills’ men need to cope better with sides determined to claim their scalp, given the club’s pedigree.

“I don’t think Harrogate are any better than us,” the former Chester net-minder insisted. “Their keeper was busier than I was, but they had a game plan that they followed and we put in a performance that none of us were happy with.”

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