Date: 15th March 2018 at 4:35pm
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Manager Martin Gray has been meeting all of his players individually and giving instructions of exactly what he wants from them between now and the end of the season.

The Minstermen now have just eight league games remaining, the first of which is this weekend against in-form opponents who are suddenly seriously threatening to displace them in the top seven.

Southport registered a sixth consecutive home victory when comfortably accounting for AFC Telford United 3-0 at Haig Avenue in midweek. To make matters worse for their visitors, former City striker Amari Morgan-Smith received a straight red card late on.

Meanwhile, York were simultaneously falling to a disappointing 2-1 defeat at promotion rivals Kidderminster Harriers – the third occasion they’ve failed to beat them this season having also lost by the same scoreline in the FA Trophy.

“It’s the first time I’ve had seven players in wanting to know what they’ve got to do to get in the team,” Gray revealed to BBC Radio York. “And it’s about time because we have a strong squad and players have got to start pushing for places.

“I’m just asking for more from individuals, and from the group. I’ve met every player today just about, as well as having a big team meeting about what we’re here to achieve.

“We’ve got to throw everything at this,” he continued. “I came here because I want success – that’s all I want. It’s something when you pack in playing you go: ‘I made a difference at York City as a player’.

“It’s in your hands, so go grab it and take it to where the club needs to be,” he insisted of his players. “All I want is honesty and hard work, and if you give me those two things, we’ll get where we need to get to.

“I want to give the crowd and people of York something to lift them at the end of the season. That’s what I was brought in to do and still believe that we will do it.

“I’m very positive and want to make sure at the end of the season that we achieve what we set out to do.”

Audio Link: BBC Radio York