YORK City manager Steve Watson wants his full-backs to stay on the attack ahead of this weekend’s home match with bottom-of-the-table Nuneaton Borough.

Right-back Kallum Griffiths scored his first goal for the Minstermen and claimed an assist for Scott Burgess’ 83rd-minute winner during Saturday’s 2-1 win at Kidderminster.

The former Spennymoor defender also missed a good chance to claim a brace on the day.

Left-back David Ferguson, meanwhile, has scored twice this term and has contributed the club’s third highest number of assists, with four, despite only starting just over half of City’s fixtures this term.

The ex-England C international also arrived at Bootham Crescent last season as Darlington’s five-goal, joint-top marksman two months into the 2017/18 campaign.

Watson had a preference for wing-backs at his former club Gateshead but, after eight goals were conceded by his new team in the three matches he employed a 3-5-2 formation, the one-time Everton right-back switched to 4-2-3-1.

With that system, City have secured their first back-to-back wins for 13 months and only shipped one goal during the victories against Kidderminster (2-1) and Ashton United (2-0).

But Watson has also been pleased with the manner in which his team have continued to threaten down the flanks despite dispensing with wing-backs and he has praised the ability of 30-something centre-halves David Mirfin and Sean Newton to start attacks from deep too.

“It helps having full backs who can attack and, when one goes forward, the other one tucks in really well and does his job correctly,” Watson reasoned. “They know what we want to do, and your full-backs have to be a threat as part of modern-time football.

“It’s also good to have two centre-halves who give us balance and can play because we’re telling the players to be patient on the ball.”