Plymouth Argyle secured a 3-2 victory over struggling York City at Home Park to move back into the League 2 automatic promotion places.

The result keeps Argyle well in the hunt for automatic promotion while the defeat for York City all but confirms non league football next season.

In a bright start to the match, it was the visitors who started on the front foot and went close with efforts from Bradley Fewster and Michael Coulson before Reuben Reid was foiled by Scott Flinders at the opposite end.

York City continued to press high up the park and the front two of Bradley Fewster and Lewis Alessandra looked a threat and both players were unlucky not to score before disaster struck when Reuben Reid beat William Boyle to a header and Jamille Matt swept in the opening goal of match.

The entertainment continued as Bradley Fewster and Graham Carey wasted good chances at each end before sloppy defending again cost the visitors. A through ball caught out William Boyle and Dave Winfield committed a clumsy challenge to give Plymouth Argyle a penalty. Reuben Reid then showed no mercy from the spot as he blasted the ball into the net to put Argyle 2-0 up.

Matters got worse for City just before half time when captain Russ Penn gave away a needless free kick in a dangerous area and William Boyle headed the resulting set piece into his own net to send The Pilgrims into the half time break with a 3-0 lead.

The second half started with a similar pattern to the first with York City trying their luck from long range and The Minstermen got a goal back when midfielder Russ Penn rifled the ball into the net from 25 yards out leaving Luke McCormick a spectator in the Plymouth Argyle goal.

City continued to push for another goal and missed a great chance on the hour when Michael Coulson nudged the ball wide of target when left one on one with Luke McCormick.

At the other end, Argyle were always a danger and Jake Jervis went close to adding to The Pilgrims’ goal tally before York City were awarded a penalty when William Boyle was felled in the box. Luke Summerfield stuck away the spot kick to bring the deficit back to just a single goal with around five minutes remaining.

Jamille Matt couldve made it 4-2 but his header hit the bar before York City captain Russ Penn was stretchered off in injury time with a nasty injury which looks to have ended his season.

Plymouth Argyle took advantage of weak York City defending and thoroughly deserved their victory on an afternoon which was packed full of excitement at Home Park but had little in terms of positives for Conference Premier bound York City.

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I am Dan Pentland and I am a York City season ticket holder and volunteer for men's health charity Prostate Cancer UK. In May 2015, I completed my childhood dream of visiting all 92 Football League grounds. Follow me on Twitter @DanPentlandpcuk and Facebook