WIN-CHASERS York City were today preparing to rewrite the record books after emerging 1-0 victors from their Tyke tussle with Huddersfield Town.

Another win in tomorrow night's home clash with Southend United will see the Minstermen equal the club's most successful start to a season of four straight League wins.

The last time City, now second in Division Three to Swansea only on goal difference, started a season with four successive victories came at the beginning of the 1992-93 campaign and culminated in a momentous play-off victory at Wembley.

Already, this current City squad has matched the achievements of the Minstermen's legendary 1984 record-breakers, who also won their first three League games before going on to claim the Division Four title and amassing more than 100 points.

Player-boss Chris Brass, who had to watch Saturday's win from the dug-out due to suspension, was keen to play down talk of records and insisted City had achieved nothing so far.

However, he admitted it was hard to find fault with City's performance against the Terriers and conceded he will struggle on the team's current form to reclaim his place once his three-match ban ends.

"I'm not surprised by what we have achieved because I know what the players are capable of," insisted Brass.

"Having said that, I can't praise the boys enough because it was another very professional performance.

"After the win against Northampton I said we had seen ten good performances and one great performance.

"Against Huddersfield I thought we had perhaps six good performances and five great performances.

"We have to make sure though we continue with these performances and that kind of mix."

He added: "It is only three games and they have now gone.

"It's the best possible start but we will be stressing to the players that having done the hard work they mustn't get carried away.

"We can't be looking back. We have to get rested and prepare for Tuesday night

"Fortunately, they're an intelligent bunch of lads. They trust me and I trust them and they are now starting to believe in themselves.

"People say I'm the leader on the pitch but the players have taken on that responsibility while I'm on the sidelines and they have won the game for me.

"I can maybe take a little bit of the credit but most of it needs to go to the players."

An injury to Stuart Wise was the only blot on the day. The young central defender was stretchered from the pitch midway through the first half with a knee injury.

It leaves City, who were watched by former boss Terry Dolan on Saturday, short of fit, available and experienced centre-halves.

However, after singing the praises of Leigh Wood and Richard Hope, who commanded the centre of defence on Saturday, the City chief is refusing to panic.

"Stuart's injury looks quite serious but we will know more in the next 48 hours," he said.

"I still think we have enough quality in the squad to cope and go out and get results.

"Certainly, the 11 that finished the game have done ever so well and we have Chris Smith coming back from injury and Jon Parkin's suspension will soon be up."

Although City are edging closer to place in the Bootham Crescent annals, even with victory tomorrow night City will still have some way to go to set a new record for successive League wins. The club record is seven and was set in the 1964-65 season.

Updated: 09:57 Monday, August 25, 2003