STEVE WATSON has likened York City's National League North run-in to a "12-game season".

Tomorrow (3pm), York travel to Kidderminster Harriers for the first of their baker's dozen after last Saturday's postponement gave them a week without a game.

The Minstermen put the weekend to good use, Watson said, training as usual and getting up to the North East to watch Kiddy draw 0-0 at Gateshead.

But having no game provides a marker for York, the manager believes, following City's last game, a disappointing defeat to Boston United a fortnight ago.

"It wasn't a great performance," he said. "I was bitterly disappointed with lots of aspects.

"We're nearly two weeks down the line and we've got 12 massive games.

"With the rest and the break we've had between games now, it's almost like a 12-game season.

"The boys have responded well, as I knew they would. I would expect nothing less."

A win on Saturday could also put pressure on table-toppers King's Lynn Town, behind whom York sit just one point.

After going 14 games unbeaten, the Linnets have lost twice in a row, at home to Kidderminster, then at Chester on Tuesday night.

Watson admitted interest in their games - but reiterated that he is keeping focused on York's job.

He said: "Especially when you're not playing, you're always glued to Twitter in-between watching what wasn't a bad game in the Champions League. It was a busy a night of football watching.

"I do think there are a lot of twists and turns. I don't want to get too excited and start tweeting and talking about other teams when they win and lose. There are enough managers that do that and I'm not going to be one of them.

"It goes without saying, teams in and around us dropping and gaining points is always going to interest us.

"It's a bit of a cliche but we can only take care of what we do. We've got 12 games left and if we can get as many points as possible, there is very little we can do about what goes on around us apart from when we're playing the teams around us."

King's Lynn tomorrow travel to Hereford, whom York were slated to host last weekend. The fixture has been rearranged for Tuesday, March 3 (7.45pm).

Following the called-off Bulls game, York were right back to work.

"It was a normal training week," Watson explained. "We've had to prepare for the next game and that's what happened as soon as the game was called off - we got to work again.

"We trained on Saturday, so the lads didn't have as much time off as you may be thinking.

"There are always things to improve on and we've spent the whole week preparing for the next challenge, which is Kidderminster.

"We were lucky enough to be able to do a session on Saturday afternoon, which I thought was important to do just to keep them ticking over.

"It was a good training week and we managed to get out and watch Kidderminster at Gateshead, get some information as well."

When the sides met at Bootham Crescent in November, Ashley Hemmings scored to cancel out Kallum Griffiths' first-half opener and earn the visitors a 1-1 draw.

Since then, former York player Russ Penn has taken over as manager from Jimmy Shan and has received plaudits for his work thus far.

"They're a good side," Watson said. "I thought that when they came here. They're a good footballing side and they are tactically very good.

"They improved since the new manager came in - obviously he's left now - and Russ has taken that on.

"I worked with Russ at Gateshead, I know what type of guy he is and I know this is a really big chance for him to get a foot in the door with management.

"It'll be huge to him with it being against his old club and with the good run they're on.

"They look like they've got a decent set of and size of staff and they do their homework on teams - though I don't know how much they'll be able to tell about us after the last game.

"We've had a week to prepare without a game so I know we'll be a completely different set of players in a completely different mindset from Saturday."