YORK City assistant manager Micky Cummins has insisted that the prospect of a fixture backlog does not bother the side.

Between tonight's match at Southport and December 1, the Minstermen are scheduled to play seven games on a Tuesday-Saturday-Tuesday basis.

City should be able to regroup on Saturday, December 5 - a date set aside exclusively for the FA Trophy, which has been suspended for now - before returning to action on Tuesday 8 at home to Kettering Town.

But, as demonstrated on Saturday, plans can change suddenly.

Two of York’s National League North fixtures had already been rearranged because of a positive Covid-19 test at City, when one at Chester saw the weekend’s game postponed. City have now had an enforced three-week break from action.

Cummins, though, is certain City have the time, depth and enthusiasm to manage.

“You ask any player, they’d rather be playing the games,” he said.

“Now the FA Trophy’s been put on hold, that Saturday in December is a weekend off - they’ve said we can’t arrange any fixtures for that weekend.

“As a player, I’d want to play games rather than training and slogging all the time.

“Especially these last three weeks. We’ve been trying to taper them and hold them back.

“In terms of the fixture backlog, we’re fine with that. The season doesn’t end until the end of May so there’ll be plenty of time to get those games in.

“You just don’t want to be picking up injuries or going into isolation anymore. We’ve got that covered now, so it’s the individual who has to isolate and not the whole squad.

“The lads just want to play games. We’ve got a squad coming together pushing each other for places. We have the numbers to manage.”