YORK City midfielder Paddy McLaughlin is looking forward to “another good test” in front of the Bootham Crescent faithful tomorrow.

McLaughlin also says he is pleased to be back out on the pitch - but admitted some frustration during Wednesday's defeat to Leeds United.

He is confident, though, that pre-season will be a good exercise for both players and fans as the National League North season approaches, as the team gels and supporters see what the side can offer.

League One outfit Bolton Wanderers are the visitors to Bootham Crescent tomorrow (2pm), which will be the Trotters' first outing of pre-season.

“You’re always looking forward to getting back into a match environment," McLaughlin said.

"Although maybe slightly lesser quality opposition might have been preferable.

“It was a good test and the lads will be tired, stiff and sore, but that’s part and parcel of pre-season.

“(Bolton will be) another good test – all of our pre-season games are against good quality opposition.

“It's another game back here in front of the home fans, we hope there’s another decent turnout and we can put on a good performance for them."

City were kept busy by visitors Leeds midweek, especially during the first half, when manager Marcelo Bielsa put out a very strong side, with seven of the starting 11 also having started the Championship play-off semi-final second leg at Elland Road.

After settling into their rhythm early on, United were fairly dominant across the pitch, holding onto the ball confidently and snuffing out York's forays forward well.

McLaughlin was shown yellow for a tackle on Stuart Dallas midway through the first half, in between Leeds' second and third goals, from Kemar Roofe and Pablo Hernandez, respectively.

Strikes from Manchester City loanee Jack Harrison at the start and finish of the first 45 sent the Whites into the break four goals to the good, and Adam Forshaw's cool finish early in the second period sealed the 5-0 win.

Asked if he was bothered by the scoreline, McLaughlin said: “Yes and no.

"Nobody likes losing games and there were moments were the lads were – and I was – getting frustrated because we weren’t getting as much of the ball as we would have liked.

“It’s good to put it in perspective that they’re close to the Premiership and they’ll be right up there in the Championship.

“It was a tough game – really tough.

“All things considered, we can’t get too down about it.

“I felt like I did a lot of running – I got good fitness work out of it. As myself and everybody else gets fitter and sharper, in the games to come, we’ll get on the ball a bit more and show what we can do and we’ll start to see what we can expect all season.

"We won’t come up against anything anywhere near close to that, they’re a top side, the way they pass and move the ball the around. They gave us a tough test.

“But we have got to take the positives – we got good fitness work and to see where we are against that calibre of opposition.

“Maybe the first game, we would have liked someone a bit easier.

“We’ll come back to training on the pitch and get ready for another on Sunday."