1 City were not flagging up front despite increased offside infringements

The flag was raised in City’s attacking third on six occasions and, while that might seem a little sloppy – the tally has only been higher once this season during the 1-1 draw at Southport - it also hinted at a new dimension to the team’s forward play. Debutant Gary Martin was the biggest culprit, but his desire to charge through channels meant City stretched the Curzon defence and threatened to get in behind the visitors’ back line in a manner that has not always been evident this term.

The importance of Jon Parkin’s potency to the team cannot be under-estimated as a return of 23 goals in his last 27 matches testifies. But, along with Martin, Aidan Connolly and Sean Newton are both capable of making the type of forward charges that will test team’s offside traps and breach them, if well-timed, with Parkin also capable of supplying the ammunition.

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2 Dan Parslow has become one of City’s chief attacking threats

With his 32nd-minute header representing only the sixth goal in 358 appearances for City, Parslow has rarely been considered a dangger to opposition defences during his two spells at Bootham Crescent. However, his second effort of the current season nicely complements an unlikely second-placed position in this term’s assists table, having teed up five goals for team-mates.

Only Louis Almond, who claimed five in one extraordinary performance at Bradford Park Avenue, is ahead of him in that contest, with several of Parslow’s assists emanating from dead-ball deliveries. That speaks volumes for his bravery and determination, as does a typical centre half’s face which bears the scars of aerial contests down the year. With new boss Martin Gray staking a great emphasis on set-piece situations, Parslow’s intelligence and professionalism should ensure the former’s instructions continue to be relayed on to the pitch.

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3 Daniel Rowe offered an assured presence

The Minstermen remain without a clean sheet in nine matches, but defender Daniel Rowe’s employment as a midfield anchorman offered some welcome protection for a back four that has sometimes been left a little over-exposed during this campaign. Rowe’s positional sense was astute and, whilst his performance was not spectacular, he was in the right place to intercept, block, clear and retain possession at the appropriate times.

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4 Adriano Moke must be encouraged to have a greater impact in the final third

Rowe’s deep-lying role gave the undeniably-talented Moke greater licence to roam forward and the latter revelled in that freedom during the opening exchanges. After seeing a rare shot on goal saved by Curzon keeper Cameron Mason, the former Glenn Hoddle Academy graduate also carried the game to a wary away defence before releasing Aidan Connolly for another early opportunity.

Mason’s flying stop served as reminder, however, of how infrequently Moke attempts to test the opposition keeper and he is still waiting for a first goal in 37 matches during his second spell with the Minstermen. In fact, beyond his experiences at Bootham Crescent, Moke’s goal drought now stretches to 90 matches since he netted in a 2-1 triumph for Macclesfield over Altrincham back in February 2015.

He also has only one assist to his name this season – following his lung-busting raid down the left for David Ferguson’s goal at Leamington and all those statistics are difficult to comprehend, given Moke’s natural ability and potential to run with the ball at pace. Gray will now be hoping such qualities can be used to put opposing teams to the sword in a more ruthless and telling manner during coming weeks.

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5 The Tamworth loss led to a high percentage of stay-away supporters

Following the disappointing 3-2 home defeat to Tamworth seven days earlier, almost 400 City fans chose to skip this contest which, with a gate of 2,146, resulted in the lowest league attendance since a 1-1 draw with Guiseley 12 months ago when only 1,907 turned up. Hopefully, some will return after this result although, with just under 3,000 home supporters coming through the turnstiles for the August clashes against Darlington and FC United of Manchester, it will require a sustained run of positive performances to lure back all those whose enthusiasm for the club’s maiden National League North campaign lapsed when their team dropped off the early pace.