STEVE WATSON has lamented the little moment that made all the difference between York City and King's Lynn Town on Saturday - but refused to pin anything to luck.

Adam Marriott, the top scorer across all three divisions of the National League, added another to his tally as the North tier leaders beat the Minstermen 1-0 in Norfolk.

He was quickest to the ball as Pete Jameson failed to hold onto an effort by the hosts' man of the match, 21-year-old Norwich City loanee Simon Power, and he poked in from very close range.

York had good chances of their own. Joe Tait was denied from inside the six-yard box and Kieran Green forced Alex Street into a good save to his bottom-left corner.

One good chance fell to Alex Kempster. He did well to latch onto a flick from a throw-in and work his way into space in the area. Although one-on-one with the keeper, he was on an angle from the goal and elected to lay the ball back to the incoming Paddy McLaughlin, who had the ball nicked off him.

Watson said: "I can't have a go at the lads for the way they performed and set about their jobs against the team who have scored more than anybody.

"I thought we defended well and we broke away as we did at home but couldn't find that clean bit of finishing. It's the story of a lot of games.

"The top scorer pounced on one little error in the box. It's one of those seasons for him, and unfortunately that was the difference between us today.

"In a split-second he was on top of Pete, and that's the difference between when things are going for you and things aren't.

"Those sorts of things went against us today. I thought we had a few very good opportunities.

"The first half, we were scratching our heads about why Alex didn't shoot.

"It was a tight game with two good sides going at it and there was not much at all between them - virtually nothing - and the one thing that needed to fall for them, their main man was there to put it in the net.

"We're 27 games in, you're not top of the league by luck," he added.

"Today that one fell to them where it didn't to us.

"(Power) had some really good moments but when the ball came into the box, we dealt with it.

"I thought we dealt with most things really well and I don't think Pete had a serious save to make. Their keeper had three or four.

"There was never going to be much in this game and today was the day when one little bit of opportunism was the difference."

The win takes King's Lynn four points clear at the top of the table with two games in hand.

Watson continued: "Without trying to play mind games - I'm not really into that - it's theirs to lose.

"They've not lost many, and Power's added to the quality they've got.

"We can't worry about King's Lynn anymore, we can't affect what they do anymore, we've got to get as many wins on the board as possible and see where it takes us."