Vanarama National League North: Bradford Park Avenue 0 York City 5

BRADFORD Park Avenue were dismantled by Gary Mills’ York City as the visitors romped to a fine win in front of a big crowd at Horsfall Stadium.

The Minstermen showed composure, class and pace - all the things that eluded Avenue in an abject performance.

After urging his side to keep it tight in the early stages, Mark Bower saw his side concede in the third minute.

York added a second after just 12 minutes and, with less than half an hour gone, they led 3-0 and the game, as a contest, was over.

The visitors took their foot off the gas a little in the second half as both sides ended with ten men.

The Minstermen’s centre back Hamza Bencherif picked up a second yellow card, taking one for the team.

He fouled Avenue striker Adam Boyes on the halfway line to break up an attack by the home side with a little over 15 minutes remaining.

Avenue played over ten minutes a man down when Adam Nowakowski took a blow to the head and Bower had used all three substitutions.

The Avenue manager said: “We just didn’t compete. We didn’t defend well, we didn’t work hard enough in midfield, we didn’t threaten and we didn’t put them under pressure when they were in possession. We just did everything badly.

“They’re a good side, and you can’t have an off day against a team like York, but, having said that, I don’t think that they were outstanding – they just did the basics well and stuck to the task.”

It was Bencherif’s defensive partner Danny Parslow that opened the scoring as he converted Louis Almond’s third-minute free-kick.

Amari Morgan-Smith doubled the Minstermen’s lead with a superb finish after controlling a through ball and taking on the Avenue centre backs.

Morgan-Smith pounced to lash in the third after Avenue’s overworked keeper Steve Drench could only parry a shot from Almond,and just after the half-hour, Almond made the assist again as his ball through the Avenue six-yard box was swept in by York skipper Sean Newton from point-blank range.

The final goal summed up Park Avenue’s afternoon as it was an own goal.

Luca Havern stooped to head the ball but his attempt to steer the ball back to Drench went dreadfully wrong.