DAN PARSLOW insists York City must retain the right mindset to overcome the challenges of National League North.

The 32-year-old scored City's second goal in Saturday's 2-1 home win over Curzon Ashton – a result that helped the Minstermen leapfrog their Lancastrian opponents into sixth spot in the division.

He insists that despite the strength of the City squad, teams are going to pose the Minstermen a challenge, and that the cliché holds true that there are no easy games.

Parslow said: “You only have to look at Bradford (Park Avenue). They've gone on after we've beaten them by five and picked up some good results. Every team in this league are competitive.

“We know we've got ability. We need to make sure that come 3pm on a Saturday we put in a performance, because no one is going to roll over.

“Especially here at Bootham Crescent because this is probably the nicest stadium in the league – it's everyone's biggest game, so we need to make sure that we're mentally on it every game.”

The goal that City conceded may have been the one time they switched off in Saturday's game, Joe Guest being allowed too much space in the box and curling an effort into the top right-hand corner.

Guest's potency is known to City and the goal took the shine off the win, as Parslow admitted: “We spoke all week about the quality the left wing-back possesses.

“He had an opportunity to come inside and he's shot on his weaker foot. In fairness, he's put it right in the corner.

“Maybe one or two of us could have tried to close the shot down down a bit quicker once he's come inside.

“We'll have to look back and see it again, but it did the take the gloss off.”

However, the three points were the key for the Welshman, who was pleased by the manner of the win and his goal.

He laughed: “I don't get many, do I? I thought we were on top for large spells.

“I felt as though we were organised, and although they had spells of possession, we looked very dangerous on the counter-attack and we could have got a third ourselves.

“We defended as a team, I thought, very well and every time we went forward we did look a threat.”

The other significant positive for Parslow was the performance of debutant frontman Gary Martin, who set up Jon Parkin for the first goal.

Parslow said: “He worked his socks off. I think it was January the last time he played a full 90 minutes, so what an effort from him and it set the tone.”

City's first win in four games can now be a platform on which to build, according to Parslow.

He added: “It's nice to get back to winning ways and it was much needed. We've had some poor results of late and the result was all-important.

“The gaffer's said that this is where the season needs to start. We've had a good month now to get up to speed with where he wants us to be and we need to look forward."