MICKY CUMMINS has called on the leaders in the York City team to control the game on the field ahead of Saturday's trip to Boston United.

The Minstermen head to the sixth-placed Pilgrims (3pm) following a 2-2 draw at Kidderminster Harriers, where they led twice but were let down by game management.

York failed to see off Kiddy - who were in second place in National League North at kick off - when they had the upper hand and their hosts earned a point through a late Jason Cowley half-volley.

“From previous games - Spennymoor and Farsley, where we’ve conceded late on - there have been things we’ve worked on and messages we’ve tried to get across, and then we saw it creep in against Kiddy. It’s just disappointing,” Cummins said. “They need to be taking these messages on. I think that’s the disappointing thing - we were in control and we sort of reverted back to stuff we’ve spoken about beforehand.

“Them being second on a decent run, prior to it, you probably would have said a point would be a good result but, as it panned out, it was two points dropped.

“I think with the leaders on the pitch, they need to take hold of the situation,” he continued. “They need to become the voices on the pitch as well as us on the side.

“They need to sense when we’re under pressure, to get tight, compact and solid, and to sense when there’s an opportunity to kill the game off, to go for the throat.

“The best form of defence is attack and we came away from that.

“When we’re in possession, we have quality on the ball and we’ve got lots of attacking options, good energy in the final third.

“Out of possession, everyone’s a defender - the front two, the middle, the back.”