YORK City boss Steve Watson has insisted he would rather face a fixture backlog than no fixtures at all.

Due to a stop-start National League North campaign, last night’s fixture against Fylde at the LNER Community Stadium was only the Minstermen’s 13th of the season.

There are still 29 matches to fit in before the end of the season. In September, the National League term was extended to May 29 - but if that remains the target end date, City will find themselves playing three games a week to squeeze all their games in.

The Minstermen have played just two games since the turn of the year, with a division-wide suspension to league fixtures, the weather and individual teams’ stances putting paid to games. The weekend just gone, Farsley Celtic refused to travel to face York.

“My job is to keep the players focused on the next game but myself and Micky look at the bigger picture,” Watson, pictured (Gordon Clayton) said. “I think Saturday was our last chance to play only two games in a week if the season finishes.

“But I’d certainly rather have games coming thick and fast than have the league be stopped.

“However it comes, we’ll be ready for it as well as we can be.”