By Jon Couch
They may lie fourth in the table, a full 14 points behind leaders Salford City, but Sean Newton still believes York City are the best team in National League North.
The Minstermen are attempting to bounce back into Non-League’s top flight after suffering back-to-back relegations from League 2 into the North division.
But, under the guidance of boss Martin Gray, they’re giving it a good go, having beaten Salford 2-1 in the FA Cup and taking the league scalps of four other top-seven sides this year in Brackley Town, Spennymoor Town, Blyth Spartans and Bradford Park Avenue.
And captain Newton, who also starred in York’s FA Trophy success over current National League leaders Macclesfield Town at Wembley last May, believes his side can now build on their winning run and take their rightful place in the title run-in.
“We all know that we are the best team in this league,” the 29-year-old told The Press. “We’ve just been a bit inconsistent. Now, it’s all about keeping the consistency going and making sure that, whoever comes into the team, knows their jobs so we can keep picking up wins. We’ve hit form at the right time now.
“Fans don’t want to hear that because they want you to be in form all season, but there’s always a team that goes on a run from January onwards and hopefully that will be us.
“It’s a great month for us, playing a lot of teams in and around the play-offs like Bradford, Spennymoor and Stockport, which gives us a great incentive to keep our winning run going.
“Two of those games are at home and Salford are slipping up now so if we put together five or six wins, anything can happen. You could be near the top the way this league is.”