KINGSLEY JAMES hailed Michael Duckworth's display in York City's 4-0 win at Selby Town, insisting that the right-back "could have had four or five assists" had his team-mates finished their chances.

Duckworth notched up two assists at the Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium, teeing up both of Lenell John-Lewis' goals in the space of a couple of minutes.

Having re-signed with York earlier this month, the 30-year-old earned plenty of praise from City's first-team coach James.

“I think Ducky did really well,” he enthused. “He showed a lot of quality which you saw for Lenny’s goals. 

“We’ve seen Ducky plenty enough, we know he possesses that quality and it was good to see that. 

“I thought pretty much everyone did well in spells and in certain aspects, so I wouldn’t really single anyone out. 

“I think as a whole there were quality passages of play. We can still be better in certain areas, we know that and we need to keep working, keep improving and keep getting better, but it’s a new group.

“That’s going to be the case until we’re used to everything we’re doing. Ducky is quality, he put some great deliveries in and could probably have had four or five assists if we took the chances.

“It was a good exercise with a good crowd and atmosphere for a pre-season game. I’m pleased overall.”

After the John-Lewis brace, Olly Dyson and Scott Boden also found the target for the Minstermen at Selby, as John Askey's side secured their first pre-season victory of the summer following defeats to Middlesbrough, Bradford City, Guiseley and Macclesfield FC.

James reflected: “All in all, I think it was good, I thought we played with a good intensity and we respected the opposition and the game.

“We played with a proper intensity, worked hard and created numerous chances.”