Hartlepool United recorded a fourth successive home victory with a gritty 2-1 success over 10-man York City at Victoria Park.
Goals from Nathan Thomas and Michael Woods put The Minstermen to the sword as the visitors lost big centre half Dave Winfield after two first half bookings for clumsy challenges on the edge of the area.
The home side had the better of the early exchanges and Luke James tried his luck from distance while winger Nathan Thomas was causing chaos on the left with a number of mesmerising runs and in the 23rd minute it was Thomas who opened the scoring when he swept the ball into the net from a well taken corner kick.
The afternoon got worse for York City a few minutes later when centre half Dave Winfield received a red card for a second bookable offence as The Minstermen struggled to cope with Pools attacking mentality.
Pools could have added to their lead if not for some excellent goalkeeping from Scott Flinders but it was the visiting side who equalised in first half injury time when youngster Kyle Cameron headed into the net when left unmarked from a corner kick.
The second half saw both sides go in search of a winning goal but struggle to severely test either goalkeeper. In the 65th minute Hartlepool United almost took the lead when Michael Woods forced a good save from Scott Flinders and just minutes later it was the home side who finally broke down York City’s resistance when Carl Magnay delivered a superb cross for Woods to head into the corner of the net.
Both sides pushed forward for further goals but the match ended with another home victory for Hartlepool United while York City’s relegation to the Conference Premier could be sealed on Tuesday evening.