FORMER York City midfielder Jonathan Greening insists that guiding Scarborough Athletic to promotion is one of the highlights of his storied career.

Scarborough manager Greening saw his side clinch promotion to the Vanarama National League North after a 2-1 victory over Warrington Town at a sold-out Flamingo Land Stadium.

Goals from former York forward Michael Coulson and Bailey Gooda saw Athletic prevail over the 10-man Warrington in the Pitching In Northern Premier League premier division play-off final.

Greening, who began his career at City before a moving to Manchester United, expressed his pride at leading Scarborough to its highest level since the club's formation in 2007.

He said: "It's absolutely incredible. It probably wasn't our best performance, we looked a little bit nervous and there was a little bit of pressure on the players and we didn't play how we normally can play.

"But it's all about getting the right result, it doesn't really matter about the performance, it's about winning the game of football and getting promoted.

"We haven't played as well as we can or as well as we did in the last four games but we got the job done.

"I'm immensely proud of the players and the scenes after the game were absolutely incredible."

Greening's playing career saw him feature for Manchester United in the Champions League and represent Premier League clubs Middlesbrough, West Bromwich Albion and Fulham.

However he insisted: "This is definitely up there with one of the highlights of my career.

"There's been a lot of pressure on us and we've had to win our last five games of the season to get promoted, which is not an easy task in any league."

Goalkeeper Ryan Whitley, on loan from York City, started for Scarborough along with Coulson and ex-City loanee Will Jarvis.

Former Minstermen captain Simon Heslop also appeared off the bench for Athletic, who have Michael Ingham, the York City 2009/10 Clubman of the Year, as their assistant manager.