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THEY may lie eighth 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.

A 2-1 vic­tory at Gray’s former club Dar­ling­ton last Satur­day handed the Min­ster­men a third straight league vic­tory – the first time they have achieved that since April 2014.

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.”

PIC­TURE: Gordon Clay­ton

ONE TO WATCH: Sean New­ton be­lieves York City are the best team in Na­tional League North

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