MARK BECK has said that his decision to move to York City on loan was a "no-brainer" despite the two-tier drop.

Beck arrived from Sky Bet League Two side Harrogate Town on a deal until January in the summer as the striker searched for game-time amid a spell of injuries with his parent club.

Now fully fit, the 27-year-old is enjoying his time with the Minstermen, in spite of some difficult early results, and hopes to contribute to the club's promotion cause from National League North.

"It was a big decision. But a club the size of York shouldn't be where it is. The appeal to come here was very big.

"It was a no-brainer in the end.

"I spoke to (manager) Simon Weaver at Harrogate and he wanted games from me because I have had injury problems over the last couple of years.

"It's been kind of stop start, so he said 'Get yourself out until January and play as many games as you can'.

"Then we'll see what happens from there.

"I'm really enjoying my time here so far. It's a really good group of lads and coaching staff.

"I've really settled in well with the lads as well.

"Pre-season was brilliant, but that's gone now and we're keen to put things right on Saturday."

York have had a tough start to the league season, with back-to-back defeats coming against Kidderminster Harriers and Gloucester City.

The latter, a 4-0 thrashing away to the South West club, was described by manager Steve Watson as one of the worst days he has had in his 30-plus years in professional football.

The Minstermen will be seeking to turn around their campaign at home to Brackley Town on Saturday before travelling to Spennymoor Town on Monday.

"We see it on the training pitch every day just how good all the players here are," said Beck.

"It's just not come right for us so far and we've been working hard this week to put that right.

"We've got two big games coming up and we're targeting as many points as possible to get our season going, which I believe we can do.

"We've lads coming back after injury, so it's got the potential to be a good weekend if everything goes to plan."

First up are Brackley, who have won both of their two league matches, a side that Beck remembers from his time in the sixth tier.

"When I played against Brackley with Harrogate in the National (League) North, they were always a tough side to break down," recalled the former Carlisle United and Yeovil Town forward.

"It sounds like they will be a similar team again.

"We've got to be patient and when those opportunities come, hopefully we can take them."

Perhaps more than most Beck will indeed be keen on finishing the chances that may fall his way against Brackley.

The loanee was on the scoresheet in a successful pre-season campaign against strong opposition but has yet to get off the mark since competitive action has got back underway.

As a striker, it is certainly something at the forefront of Beck's mind.

"It was nice to get a couple in pre-season but once the season gets going it doesn't mean anything," he said.

"I should have scored against Kidderminster and I had half a chance against Gloucester.

"I believe it is coming and hopefully if I get one, I can get two and then we build from there."