YORK City boss Steve Watson has said he and his side will be looking at Saturday's win over Alfreton Town as "the start of another run" and expressed optimism about the coming away fixtures.

Jordan Burrow struck the only goal of the game in the first half, meeting David Ferguson's cross at the near post and guiding in.

Victory means City keep pace with National League North leaders King's Lynn Town, who remain two points clear after winning at Gateshead, but who can be overtaken should York win their game in hand at Hereford on Tuesday.

The only downside of the victory - in which York looked more like their early-season selves - was the injury to Dan Maguire in the warm-up which Watson suspects will keep him out of the next two games.

Watson said of the game: "We did exactly what we hoped to do, without scoring more goals.

"We were front-foot and started quickly with energy. We got down the sides and got balls in and around their box.

"We pressurised them and their keeper. There were a couple where the ball bounces back off us and into his hands and you're thinking 'is it going to be one of those days?'

"The goal was great, it was what we'd been doing earlier in the season.

"We didn't get the goals the performance probably deserved.

"I've got a lot of respect for Billy (Heath, Alfreton manager) but it's tough to get your foot on the ball when you play a team that plays so many balls into the area.

"We got through them in the second half when we got the ball down.

"Kempster runs his socks off every game but he's maybe lacking that bit of confidence he had earlier in the season.

"The three points gives everybody a boost in a week where we're hoping and believe there's no reason we can't get nine points.

"It's two tough away games but we have to go in believing that.

"When teams come here, with the exception of Altrincham, they do come here to be hard to beat, but we found a way to win again.

"It's the start of another run for us and that's how we've got to look at it."

Maguire was set to be included in the starting 11 before he pulled up in the warm-up with what is thought to be a hamstring spasm.

"There are no new injuries apart from poor Dan," Watson added.

"He showed no symptoms in the fitness test before the game.

"Being in the position we were in going into this game, where we've gone three games, we wanted to give one of our main strikers every chance of playing.

"But he stretched for a ball in the warm-up. It didn't go but me and Micky both felt we had other good options.

"It's really frustrating and Dan's very upset at the moment but we have to get it right.

"He probably needs two or three good sessions before he trusts it enough to get back in there, so we'll probably be without Dan for the two away games and look to bring him back after that."