YORK City manager Steve Watson has suggested that behind-closed-doors games could help the on-field organisation of new-look teams.

The Minstermen most definitely fall into this category. Just three players remaining at the club from last season have made the starting line-ups for the last two games.

At the end of September, York performed superbly in a 3-0 behind-closed-doors friendly win at Notts County before toiling to a 1-0 victory at Warrington Rylands in front of a raucous home crowd.

Tonight (7.45pm), they open their 2020/21 National League North campaign at Bootham Crescent against Chorley.

Relegated from the National League last season, the Magpies are not far behind in the remodelling stakes, fielding only a handful of familiar names in their FA Cup second qualifying round tie against Gateshead.

And it will be worth York’s while getting acquainted with their visitors, since they travel to Chorley next Tuesday to face the Lancastrian outfit in the FA Cup third qualifying round.

Fans will be able to watch this evening’s fixture for free on YouTube as part of the club’s live-streaming service, which will normally be pay-per-view.

Watson said: “I think probably for most teams who have done a lot of chopping and changing, whereas usually you can use a long pre-season to get everything done, it might take three or four league games to click properly. What we’ve got to do in the meantime is be resolute, be tough to beat.

“I think we’ve got enough talent in the squad to create chances but I think without the ball, there is still a lot of work to do.

“That’s where you have to start building from, being solid and being a good shape.

“Considering the difference in standards between Notts County to Rylands, I thought they asked more questions of us than Notts County, maybe because at Notts County - without a crowd - you can organise a bit better as the game’s going on.

“It was a bit more difficult on Saturday to hear or see anything or to get any kind of work done while the game was going on.

“Maybe having no fans, for new teams, might make it easier to organise the team.”