York City put in another unacceptable display as they fell to a 4-1 home battering by promotion chasing Bristol Rovers.

Bristol Rovers dominated the match from start to finish and thoroughly deserved the three points while the pressure increased on York City manager Jackie McNamara as the atmosphere in the home areas of the ground turned toxic.

The Pirates almost took an early lead at Bootham Crescent but centre half Scot Bennett was alert to clear a Rory Gaffney effort off the line with goalkeeper Scott Flinders beaten. Darrell Clarke’s side looked dangerous on the attack and in the 19th minute they took the lead when Billy Bodin lashed the ball into the net from 18 yards beating keeper Scott Flinders embarrassingly at his near post.

The home side’s only effort of the half came from a Luke Summerfield strike which sailed well over the bar and were lucky not to go into the break 2-0 down when Dave Winfield passed the ball straight to the dangerous Matty Taylor but the striker dragged his shot wide when left in a one on one position with Scott Flinders.

The second half saw Bristol Rovers calmly pass the ball around without applying any real pressure and were unlucky not to add a second goal mid-way through the half when Billy Bodin’s effort was cleared off the line by Dave Winfield. With 20 minutes to go, The Pirates did double their lead when Scot Bennett failed to connect with a hopeful long punt up field allowing Billy Bodin to ghost in and dribble the ball around goalkeeper Scott Flinders into the empty net.

York City were falling apart and 10 minutes later substitute Jermaine Easter was on hand to stab the ball into the net from a neat pass. The Pirates were caught cold after scoring their third goal and the home side netted a consolation goal from the re-start when Bradley Fewster crossed for Kenny McEvoy to slide the ball into the net from close range.

The goal did little to improve the mood around Bootham Crescent and as the match ticked towards it’s conclusion the experienced Lee Mansell blasted in a fourth goal from long range.

The final whistle signalled an important 4-1 away day success for Rovers while York City players left the field to a chorus of boos and chants for manager Jackie McNamara’s long awaited sacking.


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I am Dan Pentland a writer and reporter for The72 and Chelsea Presser websites and editor and owner of FAWSL Full-Time magazine. Regularly reporting from EFL matches, FAWSL fixtures and various internationals. Completed the 92 in 2015! Contact me on Twitter @danpentlandpcuk or via E-mail [email protected]

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