AIDAN Connolly is happy to carry on teeing up York City’s master marksman Jon Parkin, but realises he needs to weigh in with goals himself.

The 22-year-old Scotsman set up both of City’s efforts during the 2-1 triumph at Darlington, including winning the penalty for Parkin’s 24th goal of the campaign.

That took Connolly’s assists tally up to five for the campaign, despite only making 11 starts.

Only Louis Almond (seven) and Sean Newton (six) have laid on more goals for team-mates and, while attacker Connolly admits he should have netted more times than on the two occasions he has managed this season, he does not intend to develop a greedy streak if somebody is in a better position to hit the target.

“Jon’s a natural goalscorer and he’s scoring a lot of goals, but he still needs somebody to set him up,” Connolly reasoned. “He can’t score goals himself and I feel the boys have done well for him that way, although I know we have to chip in as well.

“I’ve had a few chances and I’ve got to start taking them. I’m looking to get in the box more often and score and goals are also how you get noticed.

“But it’s a team game and, if the pass is on rather than a shot, I will always go for the pass and, as long as the team are winning, I’m happy.”

Should Connolly make the first XI for tomorrow’s home match with Bradford Park Avenue, he would equal his longest run of consecutive starts – a modest five – since signing for the Minstermen in the summer of 2016.

He has missed games due to injury, fitness levels and being out of favour in the past, but the ex-Dundee United winger now feels he is getting back to the form he showed when Championship club Reading were monitoring his progress at the start of last season.

“I had to work hard to get in the team when the manager came in,” Connolly said of his fortunes this season. “Then I came out of the side for a little bit, but I’ve played the last four games and worked hard to keep my place.

“We’ve won three of those matches and I’ve had no injuries or niggles, so it’s all been good and I’m enjoying my football. We’ve started to play a bit more.

“We showed that in the two games against North Ferriby and, while we had to fight a bit more at Darlington, we still managed to play football. We’ve always had a good squad, but have just struggled to put together consecutive wins.

“We’ve got three now and have got to push on and get into the play-offs. If you get a few wins, it’s good for momentum whereas, if you get a few defeats, it’s hard to get out of a slump.”

Connolly was felled by sliding Darlington goalkeeper James Talbot to win last weekend’s spot kick, having also earned his team a penalty during the 3-2 home defeat to Blyth on the last Saturday before Christmas.

Both decisions angered opposition fans, but Connolly denied all allegations of simulation in County Durham, insisting: “It’s part and parcel of the game and I don’t feel like I dived in the last match.

“I heard people accuse me of that, but I don’t think I did and, for me, I won the penalty that won the game, because Parky went on and scored it.”