ASSISTANT manager Micky Cummins has admitted to a touch of frustration following York City's 2-0 defeat at Whitby Town.

Adam Gell scored twice for the hosts to consign the Minstermen to a second loss on the bounce in this warm-up period.

The stated emphasis thus far has been on improving fitness before the competitive campaign kicks off in October.

Cummins acknowledged but also indicated that the City management team have been hoping to see more.

He said: "As a player and a team-member, you want to lay a marker down and stake a claim for a starting position at the start of the season and you just feel that you're just not seeing that at the minute.

"Working on the training ground for the last couple of weeks, we're just not seeing them in the games. Bit of frustration on that part.

"It's 45 minutes or an hour into some of them, they're working in a different shape they're not used to with lads they haven't worked with before but by now we want to see a bit more fluency with the ball moving forward.

"Defensively, you want to be a lot more solid. We're known for not conceding a lot of goals in the league and being strong defensively, so it's a bit frustrating in that part.

"Understand it's still three weeks away and there's possibly some more bodies coming in so it's a working project but we thought we would be further down the line than we are now."

Young striker Reon Potts put pen to paper with the Minstermen at the weekend after a trial period with the club. The 19-year-old played the first half at Whitby.

"He's a good foil and good target man,” Cummins commented.

"He's still learning his trade, but we believe with a bit of work from ourselves he can be a back-up to Cass (Jake Cassidy).

"He's still learning men's football and he's transitioned well in the first part of the trial. He just needs to kick on now.”