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'Confidence is high' says keeper

By Ian Appleyard | 2nd August 2017

Goalkeeper Jon Worsnop says York City’s confidence has been boosted by pre-season performances and results.

City, who completed their pre-season programme with a 5-1 victory over Worsnop’s former club Bradford City (Under 23s) on Tuesday afternoon, host AFC Telford United on Saturday in the first game of the National League North campaign.

Gary Mills’ side have also beaten Farsley Celtic, Grantham Town, and Oakham United and produced creditable displays against Football League clubs Scunthorpe United (2-2) and Notts County (1-2).

Only Blackburn Rovers, who are the favourites to win the League One title, made life especially tough.

“You are not going to come up against Blackburn, Notts County, and Scunthorpe in this league and I think we have held our own,” said Worsnop.

“I am not too sure about Blackburn,” he added. “But (overall) we have held our own and looked good and we have competed. If we can compete at that level, I would expect us to compete in the 'Conference North.'

“Confidence is high, as it should be for this time of year,” added the 34-year-old, who joined City this summer from Bradford Park Avenue. “We are going into the season positive and with one project in mind - that is to get promoted.

“We have got a great bunch of lads in the changing room, there is plenty of camaraderie, and everyone seems to be sticking together,” he said. “We win together, we lose together, we get upset together.

“It’s what happens at the end of the season - where it really, really counts - but it would be nice to get three points on the board come 5 o'clock on Saturday.”

Commenting on Tuesday’s performance against Bradford, Worsnop said: “They were a young side. I thought we looked solid. We played when we had to play, we went long when we had to go long. And I thought we did to teams what I like to see; we ‘punished’ them going forward. It was nice to get a few goals.”

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