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Newton on the race for promotion

By Ian Appleyard | 8th January 2018

York City captain Sean Newton is looking to extend the club's winning run and increase pressure on clubs in the promotion race.

With leaders Salford City dropping 10 points in their last four games and City winning three games in a row, the Vanarama National League North table has taken on a different complexion.

City, now eighth, still have 18 games remaining and will move back into the play-off zone on Saturday afternoon if they beat Bradford Park Avenue at Bootham Crescent (kick-off 3pm).

Salford, who occupy the only automatic promotion spot, are still 14 points ahead in the table and visit Bootham Crescent on February 10.

Significantly, they have a tough schedule between then and now which includes fixtures against promotion rivals Harrogate Town, Brackley Town, and Bradford Park Avenue.

"You never know what can happen. Salford are slipping up a little bit," said Newton. "You never know what can happen if we go and get another five or six wins. You could be near the top! That's what this league is like.

"It's just about staying focused now and building on what we have been doing. The Gaffer has been working so hard with us since he has come in. I think we are starting to see what he wants now.

"It's probably taken longer than they thought," Newton admitted. "But all the lads know their jobs now and are buying into it. Each player knows what they are doing when they come onto the pitch."

Newton feels City's forthcoming fixtures provide an excellent opportunity to put pressure on all the clubs higher up the table.

"This is a great month for us with the games we have got," he said. "We play a lot of the teams who are in-and-around the play-offs, like us. We have got Stockport (Jan 27), Bradford Park Avenue (Jan 13), and Spennymoor (Jan 20) and two of those games are at home. It's a great incentive for us to keep this run going and pick up as many wins as we can."

City also visit AFC Telford United this month (Jan 16) in the game that was postponed last month due to a waterlogged pitch.

Newton, meanwhile, celebrated his return from a three game injury absence with a goal in City's 2-1 victory at Darlington last weekend.

"The physio (Ian Gallagher) had me working hard in double sessions. I was not meant to be back so quickly but the physio has been brilliant with me. I can't speak highly enough of him for what he's done," he said.

"We thought it was going to be four weeks out but I think it's been just under three! To get back for the Darlington game was all down to him.

"Hopefully, now, I have recharged my batteries.There's nothing worse for a player than being injured but it might do me some good. It's made me come back with the bit between my teeth, wanting to prove myself, and make sure I stay in the team.

"I wanted to work hard and get fit as quickly as possible," he added. "I was praying I would be back for the Darlington game and I was made up that we sent our 800 fans home with three points."

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