YORK City boss Neal Ardley has lauded his side’s travelling support as ‘unbelievable’ after Saturday’s crucial victory at AFC Fylde.

An estimated 750 fans followed the Minstermen to Lancashire, a Vanarama National League high, and a large portion of the 1800-strong crowd at Mill Farm.

And they were rewarded with a fantastic all-around performance from City, who secured a vital three points against their fellow strugglers thanks to goals from Scott Burgess and Ryan Fallowfield inside the opening half an hour.

That was just the Minstermen’s fourth win of the league campaign, and Ardley hopes to be able to reward City fans with more of the same over the coming weeks.

“The fans are unbelievable,” Ardley praised. 

“It’s so good to go and celebrate with them rather than go over and clap, knowing that you haven’t given them a nice Saturday evening.

“That’s all that I’m trying to do at the moment - can I put a team on the pitch that gives absolutely everything for them, both mentally and physically.

“At the moment, they’re trying, the boys are really trying.

“Hopefully we can build a really good bond between us and the fans where they’ll accept the off-days.

“But the boys are having a right go for it.”

AFC Fylde triumph the best performance of Ardley's time at York City

For those performances to be achieved, the work starts on the training pitch, but Ardley believes that Saturday’s victory was the perfect start to a week that will now see the Minstermen host Chester in their Emirates FA Cup First Round replay tomorrow night before welcoming Hartlepool United, managed by ex-City boss John Askey, in the National League next Saturday.

“We just need to make sure that we get this club safe,” Ardley conceded.

“If we’re going to become what I want us to become, we need to get safe.

“There’s been a few times that I’ve raised my voice in training and the lads have felt the rough side of me a little bit on a few things.

“But I believe that all the little nitty gritty bits, that sets the culture, and sets the standards that moves them on from them.

“I feel like from when I arrived until now, it’s slowly got better.

“The football is not always going to be how you want it, but if you get those parts right, you might get more consistency.”