ASSISTANT manager Micky Cummins has hailed the determination and desire of York City's goalscorers following the 3-0 win at Blyth Spartans.

Wing-back Kallum Griffiths netted an acrobatic opener and Alex Kempster curled in an excellent shot after cutting in from the right.

Kieran Green headed a third after the break to put the seal on the result that takes City back top of the early National League North standings.

"We had good moments in good areas," Cummins said. "We lacked the cutting and the final ball at times.

"But we had three different types of goals. We're encouraging our wing-backs to get into the box, Kemps was just determination and desire then a calm, cool finish - it's all positive.

"Then Greeny was just desire to get on the end of the cross. He headed down on a slippy night - an ideal goal for a midfielder.

"It's always something we work on, as well as the defensive side of things.

"We've only conceded one goal in four games, albeit Pete has been called upon.

"We always know we have a good threat in the final third and we got three different goalscorers tonight."

Hosts Blyth made it hard work for City to begin with but once York got onto the ball, their patient build-up play paid dividends.

The rest of the first half belonged to York, whose grip slipped after Green's 52nd-minute goal, but never really looked like conceding.

On the game as a whole, Cummins commented: "It was a disciplined performance. They set up 4-4-2 and we found it difficult the first 15 minutes.

"We tried to mix it up and with Jordan we got more joy with them facing the wrong goal.

"We were really, really pleased going into half-time. We felt the next goal would be important.

"We were sloppy after the third - not switching off, but not doing some things as well.

"It was direct play," he added of Kempster's goal. "He read the flick-on and it was just desire and determination. He's a good finisher.

"We're led by Newts, Macca and Taity. When Pete was called into play - either through sloppiness or overconfidence - they found it difficult to get important opportunities."

From one of them, Jameson made a fingertip save from Adam Wrightson. Cummins said: "It was from a poor goal kick - he was the first to say afterwards.

"There are things he can work and he knows it. He's keen to kick on.

"He's conceded one goal this season, which is testament to him and the three in front."

Striker Dan Maguire could be back in contention for Saturday's game against Leamington - but he will not necessarily walk back into the team.

"There's challenging for positions and there's competition." Cummins said. "It's not like we have lads sitting around not involved and spitting their dummies out."

Midfielder Paddy McLaughlin could be out for a few more weeks with a suspected cruciate ligament injury.