JOHN ASKEY believes that the support shown by York City fans is a sign that the club can move “as high as they want to go”.

York will host Chorley tomorrow night (7.45pm) at the LNER Community Stadium in the first of a possible three Vanarama National League North play-off matches.

City will be playing in front of a new record crowd at the Community Stadium, with over 5,400 tickets already sold for the tie, smashing the previous record of 4,517.

“It’s a great response, it just shows how big the football club is,” enthused manager Askey.

“If we can get it right, the club can go as high as it wants to go, without getting too carried away.

“This is just a small step, hopefully. It’s fantastic for the supporters to have something to cheer about, to feel good about the football club.”

The expected crowd for the Chorley match will better York's last play-off match in front of supporters, the 2014 League Two play-off semi-final against Fleetwood Town, which attracted 5,124 fans to Bootham Crescent.

“It’s how we start. If we’re playing well and the crowd are getting behind us, it can have a huge effect on the opposition,” Askey insisted.

“I’ve been in that situation before, playing in front of a few-thousand for ourselves and a huge away support. It is difficult.

“You do feel under huge pressure being the opposition, hopefully that’ll be the case for Chorley.

“It’s down to our players to use that atmosphere, get the support behind us.

“The performance is the difference, but the support can play a huge part.”

Askey continued, “You’ve got to relish the opportunity of playing in front of 5,000.

“There’s a chance to be part of a promotion winning team, and then you’re always remembered.

“At any football club, if you get promoted, you’re always remembered.

“Pressure is when you’re bottom of the league with a chance of going down. This is nice pressure.”