STEVE WATSON has said some of York City's second-half play against Chorley is the type of football he had in mind for this rebuilt team.

Fielding a drastically different side from that which opened last season with victory at Altrincham, the Minstermen replicated the scoreline by beating Chorley 3-1 at Bootham Crescent.

The visiting Magpies looked the stronger side in the first half, with City struggling at times without the ball, and a Chorley goal would not have been undeserved. Lewis Reilly - who scored the late penalty to deny Pete Jameson his clean sheet - hit the woodwork following intricate play.

Instead, the sole goal of the first half went to City. Jake Cassidy was set free down the right to cross in low and hard, and Paddy McLaughlin smashed home.

But rather than seizing the momentum to turn the tide, York only saw out the remaining half-hour - but they came out in the second half a changed side. Scott Barrow curled in just after the restart to give the hosts a cushion, and they pretty much dominated from there, barring a few flurries on Jameson's goal.

The skilful Harry Bunn brought flair to the attack, and Michael Woods sealed the three points with five minutes to go, driving in from inside the area after good work again from Cassidy and a lay-off from Michael Duckworth.

"I wasn't disappointed with the first half but I was a bit frustrated that we allowed ourselves to be pegged back," admitted Watson.

"(Chorley) are very good at what they do, they're very effective. I do think they'll be up and around it at the end of the season.

"Unlike the second half, we didn't play at all first half and we looked panicky with the clearances. That's all we said at half-time - if we calm ourselves down on the ball, we'll find we have time to play.

"Second half we saw that in abundance at times.

"That's the type of football we've brought lads in to play.

"We do know that in the winter months, teams like (Chorley) and probably Farsley will be a tough nut to crack and we've got to soak up a certain amount of pressure at times and defend a certain amount of balls into the box, as we did tonight.

"When we get the chances to play and the game calms down a bit, we've got the players to score goals.

"I thought some of the football, certainly the last 20 minutes, was the type of football I've brought these lads in to play."