York City manager Nigel Worthington believes his side's hard work is being rewarded as the Minstermen held on to earn a 1-0 win over Torquay United.

Will Hayhurst scored the decisive goal with a deflected drive in the 10th minute but they were made to work hard for the points with the visitors threatening in the second half.

The victory has seen the Minstermen climb back into the play-offs and Worthington has challenged his players to keep their run of six successive wins going.

"We started the game very well for the first 25 minutes and got our goal," he said. "The last 20 minutes of the half we were a little bit untidy and sloppy in our play but we got that sorted at half time.

"It would have been nice to get another goal to kill the game off but we managed the game well. Some might say the goal was bit lucky but I always say if you don't shoot, you don't score and something like that can always happen.

"I think we have only had three blips in terms of performances over the course of the season and we are being rewarded now for all the hard work that has gone in. But we've got to keep it up. We have got seven games left and we have to see where that takes us."

Torquay manager Chris Hargreaves believes his side should have come away from Bootham Crescent with a draw.

Chances were at a premium in the game but the Gulls went close to rescuing a point in the closing stages with Aaron Downes heading straight at Nick Pope.

Torquay are now six points adrift of safety and Hargreaves believes his side have to stop conceding soft goals if they are to beat the drop.

"It was a game that should have been a draw, that's the harsh lesson for us," he said. "We've got some experienced boys in the team and some young ones, and the young ones have to realise the minimum you come away from a game like that is a draw.

"If you switch off in League Two you still get punished, and on one incident we turned off from a throw-in and it's a goal. When you are down there these things do tend to hurt you.

"In the second half the ball was in there half for the majority of the game but you have to score. If you don't score the minimum you come off the pitch is drawing 0-0. The team gave it a real go but that's the best I can say. We dust ourselves off and we look to Southend now."