JOHN ASKEY feels that tomorrow night's play-off opponents Chorley (7.45pm) have “lost their ability to get a win.”

York City finished the Vanarama National League North season on a five-game unbeaten stretch, losing just one of their final 11 home games, ending their regular campaign on a strong run.

Chorley meanwhile won one of their final eight matches and have only picked up three points once on the road in their last 11 fixtures.

“It looks like that, but it’s a one-off game, so form can sometimes go out of the window,” noted Askey, discussing whether or not his side would have the momentum.

“Obviously, our lads go into the game confident having won games, while Chorley have lost their ability to get a win.”

In what is a season-defining game, the selection of the squad could prove crucial to the result, more so than in regular season matches.

Thankfully for City supporters, Askey has had a line-up in mind for some time.

“Pretty much, it was only a couple of decisions that I really had to make,” he said.

“With everyone being fit, it’s made it easier.

“It’s just Michael Duckworth (who is injured). Everyone else is ready, which is great for this time of the season.

“I think the substitutions as of late have made a difference to us. I think in the last four or five games, players that have come on have changed the game for us. That could be the case (against Chorley).”

Since securing a place in the play-offs, Chorley have faltered but despite their recent struggles for form, Askey is not under the illusion that it will be an easy match for his side.

“It (comes down to) how you perform on the day,” he insisted.

“Chorley have been in a funny position where they’ve known they’ll be in the play-offs, sometimes you can take your foot off the gas and you don’t get the performances that you want.

“I’m sure they’ll all be up for (the game against York) and it’ll be a different Chorley to the one we’ve seen in the last two or three weeks.”

If City are able to advance, then they would travel to Brackley Town in the semi-final stage of the play-offs.

Although Town would be granted a few extra days of rest, it may prove an undoing for the side that finished second in the league.

“It can be an advantage, or it can be a disadvantage having not played,” noted Askey.

“You just don’t know going into this, it’s who responds the best, who performs the best, but you always need that slice of luck.

“If you’re going to win three games, you’re going to need times where it might go in off somebody’s backside, or it might be the opposite case.

“All we can do is prepare properly, I think we’ve got as good players as anyone else going into the play-offs.

“Hopefully, we’ll be ready for it.”