MICKY CUMMINS is pleased with the way York City’s pre-season preparations are going ahead of the weekend's visit of Notts County.

The assistant manager says each opponent is selected on their individual attributes over their respective divisions to help City acclimatise to playing styles.

And with five games gone and two remaining - the Magpies at Bootham Crescent on Saturday (12.30pm) and Pickering Town at Mill Lane on Tuesday (7.30pm) - Cummins believes York have had a good mix.

Aside from a 5-0 defeat to Championship outfit Leeds United, York have won all their games so far in July, the most recent coming 2-0 at Northern Premier League title-contenders South Shields.

He said: "A lot of thought goes into pre-season games that we pick. You look at the season we’re going to be competing in and what opposition we’re going to come up against and you like to have a look at getting teams that play that way.

"Obviously Leeds was a bit of a showcase game, good for the fans and good for the turnout.

"But Shields will most likely win their league this year, and some teams play like them - Altrincham and Kidderminster play similar. We’re really trying to mix and match our opposition to what we’re going to play this season so we can work out ways to beat and better them.

"I think it’s worked out really well."

The victory at Mariners Park follows three home wins - a relatively comfortable 1-0 against Bolton Wanderers before challenging 2-1 triumphs over Hartlepool United and Scarborough Athletic.

"Winning is a good habit,” Cummins added. “We won well and we performed well today. The previous three we’ve won well too.

"We’re getting goalscoring opportunities, getting to defend well and create chances.

"Saturday will be a different proposition again.

"Notts County have just been relegated but have had a really good pre-season and their aim will be to bounce straight back up.

"Because it’s the last Saturday before the season, I presume they’ll be going strong, like ourselves.

"It’s another game and another prospect to look forward to.”