“YOU have got to find that happy medium,” Steve Watson has said about team selection as the Minstermen begin a tough January fixture schedule.

City tonight (7.45pm) are at Aggborough to face Kidderminster Harriers, who are sat in second place in National League North ahead of kick off. On Saturday, York travel to Boston United before hosting Fylde next Tuesday. Both of those sides are viable promotion contenders.

With the Gloucester City game rearranged from Saturday 16, York currently have a weekend breather before picking up with four more games within 12 days.

During such a run of games, York will want to make the most of their five games in hand and recover ground to the top of the table, which is now 10 points away - but Watson also cannot risk straining his squad.

“We’ve got an incredibly tough month coming up,” Watson said. “We could only focus on Kidderminster but to face Kidderminster, Boston and Fylde back-to-back is going to be very tough.

“If we put a mammoth effort in against Kidderminster and come out with three points and the lads work their socks off like they did against Guiseley, there’s no guarantee that we won’t be rotating and using some fresher legs to try and get the same result against Boston.

“You’ve got to find that happy medium, but all we’re focusing on at the moment is trying to get three points (on Tuesday) night.”

The recent cold snap has thrown another variable into the mix. A frozen pitch resulted in the January 2 visit of Bradford Park Avenue being postponed, and means extra considerations and concessions have to go into training sessions.

Watson added: “We had a good session (on Monday) at Bootham. It was the first proper football session we’ve had, the rest have been fitness.

“You’re reluctant to train on 3G too often because various players have various issues with it.

“It’s about finding a pitch and getting as much in without getting too much in. It’s a balancing act at the moment with training and I think everybody will be in the same boat.”