YORK City boss Steve Watson believes that the in-form David Ferguson "just keeps getting better" after registering another man-of-the-match display at the weekend.

The left wing-back set up Andy Bond’s opener before scoring the second in York’s 3-0 win over King’s Lynn, which moves them three points clear at the top of the Vanarama National League North.

Ferguson also provided assists for both of York’s goals in their 2-0 victory over Irlam in the FA Cup, keeping up his excellent form.

“Fergie has been amazing all season and he just keeps getting better,” said Watson.

“He added a goal and an assist to his tally and he could have had another goal, with his header.

“He’s got this ability this season, because of his fitness levels, to be a very good defender and be such a threat going forward as well.

“When Moke broke down the right, Fergie was on the back post and that was just seconds after we were defending.

“He’s enjoying his football and both wing-backs are always encouraged to go forward. The most important thing for me was that we were solid out of possession and that’s how we were able to get the points.

New signing Elliott Durrell was named on the bench by Watson though neither he nor recent addition Kyle McFarlane made it onto the field. Both await their first starts in York colours.

On the decision to not bring either on, Watson said: “I think because of the way that the game was, I needed to have every played completely tuned in and switched on when we were without the ball.

“They are two lads who haven’t been with us that long and won’t have had that habit that the other lads have had because we’ve been working with them on that during pre-season.

Another positive for City was that they seemed to come through fairly unscathed on the injury front. Andy Bond came off with a hamstring issue but it does not look a debilitating knock.

Watson added: “Bondy was feeling his hamstring at half-time but he didn’t want to come off and he still didn’t want to come off when he eventually did.

“But we thought we’d give him 15 minutes (of rest).

“I think he is someone that knows his body and I don’t think that he would have played on had it been serious. It just tightened up a little bit.

“We brought him off just in time hopefully. We’ve got another full week until our FA Cup game (at Buxton) with no midweek game so we can get everyone back to full fitness again.

“(Kieran Green) is fully fit too, he doesn’t feel his injury anymore and he was feeling it before Darlington, he subsequently told us.

“As I mentioned at the time, that’s something that he needs to learn from, to be open with us about where he is with his injury.

“He’s a fantastic player. He’s got so much confidence that we knew that when we brought him on, he could put his foot on the ball and control the game and that’s what he did for us."

York’s attentions now turn to Saturday’s trip to Buxton in the third qualifying round of the FA Cup, a game in which the Minstermen’s squad players are set to be utilised. 

“We can do similarly to what we did against Irlam, as in there are people that deserve to play and there’s people that can probably do with not playing,” added Watson.

“I don’t think the 3G pitch affects the decision-making now as much as it did 10 or 15 years ago. The surfaces are so good now and it’s not a case of worrying about injuries.

“My main focus is on rotation and getting games into people. I won’t be rushing any body back from injury.”