Date: 24th July 2016 at 2:04pm
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York City midfielder Simon Heslop is certain things are heading in the right direction at Bootham Crescent.

The Minstermen continue to show plenty of promise despite a 2-0 defeat to a first-choice Bolton Wanderers outfit in their latest pre-season friendly.

However, the hosts could have easily emerged with at least a draw despite falling behind early to a Mark Davies strike; with summer recruit Scott Fenwick missing a penalty at the other end before Jamie Proctor proved more accurate from twelve-yards with just five minutes remaining.

“I think we stuck at it quite well,” York-born Heslop told Radio Yorkshire Daily. “Obviously missed a penalty, which is disappointing. If it goes 1-1 there, we might have gone on and won the game – or at least got a draw. We weren’t a million miles off today, so we’re pleased with it.

“When we played Middlesbrough, we’d literally had a few days training together and every mistake we made they punished us for it. Today I think you can see we’ve had more chance to get to know each other’s game a little bit and it’s coming together.”

Heslop, 29, recently joined his hometown club having previously proved a highly influential performer at National League rivals Wrexham. He already recognises very positive signs within the dressing room since his arrival.

“I think all the lads have came together really well [and are] willing to work for each other,” he continued. “The dressing room has got plenty of good banter flying about – and having a little dig at each other in the right ways! But then again it’s telling each other when we’re not quite at it, which hasn’t been a problem in doing and people have been taking that the right way. So, I think the team spirit is looking really good.”