York City’s relegation to the National League was confirmed as The Minstermen suffered a 3-0 defeat at the hands of promotion chasing Accrington Stanley at The Crown Ground.

A first half strike from Tariqe Fosu was followed up by a second half double from influential midfielder Josh Windass as Stanley ended City’s survival fight while taking a huge step towards automatic promotion themselves.

Accrington Stanley dominated the first half but Billy Kee, Josh Windass and Adam Buxton all wasted chances to open the scoring. The home side took the lead just before half time when Josh Windass made the most of a neat through ball and York City goalkeeper Scott Flinders failed to hold on to the midfielder’s cross allowing Tariqe Fosu to open the scoring from close range.

Piero Mingoia and Tom Davies had chances to extend the lead before the break but the score remained 1-0 as the teams went into the half time interval.

The second half started with Accrington Stanley searching for a second goal but Josh Windass, Billy Kee and Piero Mingoia all tried their luck without success. Midway through the second half, Stanley did find their second goal when midfielder Josh Windass volleyed the ball into the net from the edge of the area.

York City tried to provide as response and Lewis Alessandra forced a good save from Stanley goalkeeper Ross Etheridge but Bradley Fewster sent the rebound over the bar.

Luke Summerfield and James Berrett wasted further chances for The Minstermen before Josh Windass wrapped up a comprehensive 3-0 win for the home side when he netted from close range in injury time.

The result leaves Accrington Stanley with an excellent chance of automatic promotion while York City must rebuild in the summer ahead of their return to non league football.

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