MANAGER Steve Watson has insisted everybody at York City needs "to be on the same page" - fans as well as players.

Leaders of the very early National League North table, York will be looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the season on Saturday at home to Leamington (3pm).

Watson also spoke very highly of versatile danger man Alex Kempster, who got his first league goal on Tuesday night in the 3-0 win at Blyth Spartans.

And the City chief is confident his squad is capable of dealing with Leamington, even if the Brakes prove as stubborn opposition as previous visitors to Bootham Crescent.

"At home, everybody's got a part to play, including the supporters," he said. "I think the atmosphere at home can be a lot better.

"I thought it was very quiet against Brackley. I understand that we have to get the crowd going but we all want the same thing, we all want York City to be successful so sometimes the crowd need to get us going as well.

"We're all one big club and we need everybody to get behind everybody.

"We all want the same thing this season, I don't see why we can't all run in the same direction.

"It's a new squad, it's a new system and it's a new start. That's the message from me. We all need to be on the same page.

"I've absolutely no doubt there have been some awful seasons and some terrible feelings after the season but we're hoping to change that and there's only one way we're going, and that's to be as positive as we can until the end of the season."

Scorer of four goals in pre-season, 23-year-old striker Kempster got off the mark this campaign with a superb finish, driving in from the right and curling left-footed into Nathan Harker's top corner.

"Kempster, you couldn't not start him after the pre-season he's had," said Watson.

"He's great in the way he can play in a couple of positions so if we need to go more attacking, you can put him at the top of the midfield three. He's arguably just as dangerous there and you'll still be allowed to play another two strikers.

"If you're having to win a midfield battle first, you can play him as an out-and-out striker, which I think he prefers, but he never complains wherever he plays.

"The other night for instance, Blyth worked their socks off trying to stop us getting out from the back so we probably went to Jordan (Burrow) quicker than we have done and Jordan opened the door for a lot of chances.

"Other times we will be able to get through midfield and play through the thirds - you have to have different things in your armoury to break teams down."

Watson was quick to point out that, as with earlier visiting sides Farsley Celtic and Brackley Town, breaking down their opponents might not come easily.

The Celts are the only side to take points off City so far this season, coming away from Bootham Crescent with a 0-0 draw. Brackley were broken only by Andy Bond's second-half long-range strike.

But if this pattern continues, Watson would content himself with City getting the three points.

He said: "The two teams we have played at Bootham have sat in and been tough to break down. We didn't manage to score against Farsley and we managed to score only the one against Brackley.

"If that's going to be the case and we end up having to win 20 games 1-0 in the second half, I'll take those as well.

"We're not going to dominate every game.

"We've seen Leamington, I know how strong they are and how good they are at set plays and I know that we need to be on our guard not to give silly free kicks and corners away.

"It might take a while. In an ideal world, we might be 2-0 up at half-time like we were the other night but if not it might take time, I might have to grind another result out.

"They're quite a direct, strong side, but we know we've got the personnel to cope with somebody being direct and strong.

"I think we've got the players to create chances, it's just a case of putting them away when we do."

Striker Dan Maguire is likely to miss out again on Saturday with knee troubles. Paddy McLaughlin's knee injury is likely to sideline him for a few weeks more.