YORK City manager Steve Watson has been named the National League North's Manager of the Month for August.

Watson, pictured, has guided the Minstermen to an unbeaten opening nine games - the only side in the division with an undefeated record.

With assistant Micky Cummins alongside, Watson has run a tight ship at York, conceding just five goals - again, a divisional best - scoring 17 and garnering 20 points from what was forecast to be a demanding month.

After eight games in 29 days, York sat top of the table, and only dropped to second spot with September 3's draw at Guiseley. That was their sole blemish - if a clean sheet against such prolific scorers can be called as such - so far on an otherwise outstanding away record that saw them win four games with 13 scored.

Watson said: “I think if you speak to any manager they will tell you the same thing – we do a certain amount of work on the training ground but ultimately the players go out and put the plan in action.

“They’ve done that brilliantly so far this season and me and Micky will accept this award on behalf of everybody at York.”

The Minstermen host Southport today (3pm).