ASSISTANT manager Micky Cummins believes York City's 2-0 win at South Shields shows they are "moving in the right direction".

He also hailed the York squad's attitude off the field but says he and manager Steve Watson are yet to firm up their preferred starting 11 for the coming National League North season.

Striker Jordan Burrow got off the mark for pre-season, burying a penalty in both halves to secure the Minstermen's fourth consecutive win in pre-season.

The scoreline could have been heavier, though, with the amount of chances City created and Burrow alone could have come away with a hat-trick at least.

Cummins refused to be drawn on what the most recent in their sequence of wins could herald for York, however.

He said: "Winning is a good habit and it's nice to get a clean sheet. It was an opportunity to get minutes into the lads who haven't had many and all in all, I was pleased with the performance and result.

"Pre-season is about fitness - you don't win any points from today's game.

"It's about habits and doing the right things. We got attacking chances, and it shows we're moving in the right direction.

"We're still figuring out (the starting 11).

"The lads are pushing themselves, they're pushing each other - they're the catalyst every session."

Without Burrows' two penalties - both won following good work by summer signing Dan Maguire - there was nothing much concrete to separate the sides in an otherwise entertaining encounter.

South Shields showed their upper-Northern Premier League class as they stroked the ball around patiently and twice coming agonisingly close through David Foley in the first half before a young livewire substitutes in the second half posed another set of problems for City's backline.

"They're a very progressive club here," said Cummins of Shields, who came second in the Northern Premier League last season. "They've got 12 full-time players and they've made some good, astute signings in the summer.

"They were a good test, different to what we've been playing against, they play good, quick football."