ADAM HINSHELWOOD hopes to learn from the champions Chesterfield in Good Friday’s clash at the LNER Community Stadium, as the York City boss looks to showcase what his side can do.

Hinshelwood’s York will welcome champions Chesterfield to North Yorkshire in front of a potential record-break attendance at the LNER Community Stadium, with City remaining wary of the Spireites threat.

The York boss insisted that he won’t be taking Chesterfield lightly after a week of celebration for the visitors, with his side in need of points in their ongoing Vanarama National League relegation battle.

“I don’t think there are too many teams that have lost in the play-off final then got promotion in the next season, so it’s a testament to the work of the players, the staff and the fans that they have got to do that,” Hinshelwood praised.

“To have had the season that they have had after the heartache of the play-offs last year, to then go and be champions is all about the spirit of the coaching staff and the players that they have recruited.

“It’s a really good squad, they could rest an 11 and still put out another 11 that can be really competitive.

“I’m really looking forward to meeting Paul (Cook, Chesterfield manager), all of his staff and see what it is that made them work and how they managed to do it, and to also learn as much as I can from them.

“We want to look at Chesterfield as a club to aspire to at York City, we will definitely pay them the respect they deserve, but at the same time we want to showcase ourselves as well.

“It could go the other way where they have got no fear and go out and play really relaxed, now they have got the job done it could definitely work the other way as well.

“We will pay them the respect they deserve for being champions, but at the same time we want to focus on ourselves.

“They key thing is that we have had a couple of good results and good games, but it’s not the time to pat ourselves on the back. We’ve got to be even better come Friday.

“They’ve been crowned champions so they might give a few players that are on the fringes some minutes and game time, we plan for the shape that we are likely to come up against.

“There are some encouraging signs, in the first-half we played some excellent football and in the second-half we defended very well and looked dangerous on the counter-attack.

“It’s not pat yourself on the back time, right now it is well done and let’s focus on the next.

“I still think that there is lots to improve on and get better at, that’s the scary thing, because the team is playing with a lot more belief now.

“I want them to believe that we’re only scratching the surface and that there is more to come, we’ve got to keep working hard at it and I am seeing it in training.

“We now need to showcase that when it matters on a Saturday.

Hinshelwood also discussed the prospect of a potential guard of honour for the champions on Friday, admitting that he would be more than happy to show Chesterfield respect, although talks are yet to take place.

“I’ve not spoke about that with anyone yet, but I think that would be the respect that they deserve.

“I have been in a similar situation with Worthing for a couple of years and teams gave us a guard of honour, some didn’t.

“The majority did, but we’ll pay them the respect that they thoroughly deserve and at the same time we want to give our all in the game.

“We need to keep fighting for these points, and that’s what we’ve got to do on Friday.”