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Time away worth 'five or six points'

27th July 2017

Captain Sean Newton believes the club’s training camp in the Midlands could be worth an extra six points over the coming season.

Newton and the rest of the City squad are now back in York after four days living, training, and bonding together under the guidance of manager Gary Mills.

It was a welcome break from the normal routine of pre-season training and friendly victories against Oakham United and Grantham Town simply added to the value of the trip.

“It’s been brilliant,” said Newton. “It would probably have taken another week or two just to get to know each other the way we have in the last four days.

“We have eaten together, we have played golf, we have played bowls, we have swam, we have run four miles through the woods! We have literally done everything as a team and I don’t think there is one lad in there who doesn’t get on. That’s quite hard to find in a dressing room.

“Hopefully, that can help pull us through,” he added. “Trips like that can give you five or six points at the end of the season just because of what they do for the team and for team spirit.”

Although Tuesday night’s 9-0 victory at United Counties League side Oakham was played at a tiny venue watched by just 167 supporters, Newton feels the experience could still come in handy this season as City look to win promotion from National League North.

“It was good because this is about how you cope with it mentally,” he said. “There will be grounds (in National League North) that are not too much different to this. Maybe a few stands a little bit bigger.

“It’s how you cope with it mentally. You have got to adapt and get used to not playing in front of a couple of thousand and playing against a few hundred like tonight. It’s all good and it’s only going to prepare us for games to come away from home.”

Newton, meanwhile, has expressed his ‘delight’ at being handed the club captaincy.

The 28-year-old, who joined the Minstermen last season, had previously served under Gary Mills as captain at Wrexham and now replaces Simon Heslop in the role at Bootham Crescent.

“I stepped in for ‘Hezzy’ one or two times last season and Hezzy was a great captain,” he said. "The gaffer gave it to me and it’s an honour to be captain of this club. I am delighted.

“I have enjoyed every minute of it since I walked through the door," he added. "The chairman, the staff, the fans, everybody has made me feel really welcome. I just hope I can pay them back at the end of the season with a promotion.”


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