TOWN are hot on the promotion trail and beaming manager Peter Jackson today predicted: "Things can only get better!"

Yesterday's 2-0 triumph against York City at Bootham Crescent - which throbbed to the roar of 3,355 Town voices - lifted Jackson's side to a season-high fifth place and within four points of the automatic promotion places.

Danny Schofield and `super sub' David Mirfin grabbed the goals which earned a sixth successive win, and Town now head to Bristol Rovers on Saturday bidding for the club's best run in 22 years.

Mick Buxton's 1982-83 team chalked seven wins on the trot - and they got promoted!

"Yesterday was one of the highlights of our season and a fantastic occasion for Huddersfield Town, the players and the fans," said Jackson, who was without injured strikers Jon Stead (Achilles) and Andy Booth (groin).

"It was brilliant to win it like we did and the fans can see a team of youth and energy showing pride in the shirt once again.

"It was a fabulous turnout and it's important they keep coming to the McAlpine and supporting this young team because things can only get better.

"The desire of these players to win matches is tremendous and, when you see the table looking so good, you just want that success more and more.

"I know people were doubting me after the result at Macclesfield, but I hope this run and this performance has shut them up.

"I'm delighted for the players as well because their attitude and their determination is fantastic, they are working extremely hard and they are getting the rewards they deserve."

Jon Newby made his first start since September 20 as Stead missed only his second game of the season. Andy Booth had been due to deputise, but he suffered another groin injury in Saturday's final training session.

With no recognised striker on the bench, Jackson sent defender Mirfin up front for the final 12 minutes as replacement for the leg-weary Newby.

"Mirf changed the game for us, but I was delighted with everyone," explained Jackson.

"The spirit in the whole camp is excellent and you could see that all the way through the game.

"I have said all along that keeping clean sheets gets you into play-offs and wins you championships and the signs for us at the moment are very promising indeed.

"We have cut out the stupid, sloppy mistakes which were costing us away from home and, when we are solid at the back we are always capable of scoring goals.

"Six wins on the trot is a great record and it's up to us to keep it going. I've told the players already that if we keep this up, we could be in for a fantastic season.

"We have certainly put ourselves in a brilliant position and we can't wait for Saturday to come around."

Town leapfrogged Torquay, Yeovil and Lincoln with a fourth away win of the season in front of a crowd of 6,969.

"I was pleased with the way we played and we are on a terrific run, but the hard work has got to continue," added Jackson, whose Reserves play Hull at North Ferriby United on Wednesday (7.00).

"There are a lot of games, but we are on the up and we want to keep it that way for as long as possible."