YORK City boss Gary Mills is hoping for a bumper crowd at Bootham Crescent to help his team take a significant step towards safety.

The Minstermen are running their “Bring a Friend for a Fiver” initiative for the clash against Braintree tomorrow as Mills’ side look to record the first of two home wins in four days that would lift the club out of the National League relegation zone.

Having won the last four contests in front of their own fans, City are also currently enjoying their longest run of consecutive home triumphs since Mills rattled off eight on the bounce during the early days of his first reign in North Yorkshire six years ago.

Season-ticket holders can take advantage of the reduced admission price for their match-day guests by visiting the club shop on the day of the game or before 4.30pm today.

The Minstermen’s biggest gate of the season saw 3,294 witness this month’s 2-1 FA Trophy, semi-final first leg victory over Lincoln, although 40 per cent of that crowd were away fans.

New Year’s Day, meanwhile, attracted the highest league attendance of the season as City lost 1-0 to relegation rivals North Ferriby in front of 3,182 supporters.

But, as the stakes grow higher, Mills willed people to benefit from the cut-price offer and add to the decibel level at the 85-year-old ground.

“I’m hoping those who haven’t been able to come much – maybe through financial reasons – will take up a great opportunity to come and help us at the start of four very important games at home,” Mills declared. “The fans were incredible on Tuesday night at Macclesfield and getting that vocal support at home is massive for us.

“Make no mistake about it, it’s great for the players when they hear that noise and see the flags waving as they run out of the tunnel at 2.55pm. It plays a big part in what we’re trying to achieve.

“I’ve got nothing but praise for our fans, considering what they’ve been through and are going through. I’m just hoping I can get us over the line, because they’ve been a credit to the club and no other set of supporters in the country deserve to stay up more.”