YORK City manager Steve Watson insists that he’s taking no notice of the tag as bookies favourite to win the National League North, ahead of tomorrow night's home clash with Farsley Celtic (7:45pm).

On Saturday, York began their new season with a dominant 3-1 victory away at Altrincham - a side who completed the double of City last season.

Before the season started York were installed as the 9/2 favourites to win the league title after a strong finish to the previous campaign, a host of new experienced signings and a successful pre-season.

That backing was given further credence following the win at Altrincham and they’re made favourites to topple newly-promoted Farsley Celtic tomorrow evening.

However, Watson stressed that both he and his side are taking little notice of the odds and that their total focus will be on playing their best football.

“I don’t tend to look at what the bookies say too often,” said Watson.

“We finished in mid-table last season and the season before that and our budget this season remains the same.

“All I can say is that I’m happy with the business that I’ve done this summer. We’ve brought a lot of good lads in, we’ve had a good pre-season.

“It’s a hard and long season, so I don’t tend to look at the outside things, like the odds.

“It’s beyond my control what other people think of us. We’ve got a massive job to do and we know that.

York are generally regarded as one of the biggest clubs in the division due to their large crowd figures and recent history in the Football League.

Asked about being the scalp for other sides to take, Watson replied: “York City have traditionally been a big club, a good club at this level.”

“Both the club and the fans have had a tough few years. But, whatever other people think about us as a club, it doesn’t really bother me. I’m totally focused on what we’re going to do.

“I do my due diligence on the opposing team. I’ll look at their systems and who plays for them.

“But my main focus is on our dressing room, our fans and getting the club back to where we want it to be.”

Optimism was high following Saturday’s win over Altrincham, with City’s controlled manner of victory once taking the lead of particular praise.

“Saturday was a very small part of what we’re hoping to do this season,” said Watson of the victory. “Nobodies getting carried away with that win.”

“It was good to travel back with the three points but we’re under no illusions of how long and hard this season is going to be.

“We’ll go again on Tuesday night against Farsley Celtic. And that’s how a lot of this season will be in terms of the Tuesday, Saturday schedule.

“We’ve got eight games in the first month of the season. It was great to get the points on Saturday but we’re now fully focused on Farsley.”

“The away support was great,” he added. “The fans came in great numbers and they were vocal. Hopefully we gave them the reward that they wanted.”