Ta­ble-top­pers again prove no match for ram­pant Min­ster­men

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - Football sport - Mal­colm Hunt­ing­ton

YORK CITY’S lik­ing for play­ing lead­ing teams rather than strug­glers was again demon­strated when they crushed ta­ble-top­ping Lu­ton Town more eas­ily than the score­line sug­gests.

A week ago they ham­mered Wrex­ham, who had led the ta­ble be­fore the game by the same mar­gin, and this was in stark con­trast to their ear­lier home de­feats by lowly Al­fre­ton and Telford and the lucky 1-0 home win over bot­to­mof-the-ta­ble Bath.

As in the game at Wrex­ham, the foun­da­tion for York’s vic­tory came in the first half when they es­tab­lished a three-goal lead, a mar­gin which should have been five, Jamie Reed twice fail­ing with only goal­keeper Mark Tyler to beat.

York played some su­per pass­ing foot­ball and were sim­ply too good for Lu­ton, who were never able to pose a se­ri­ous threat. In­deed, on this form it is dif­fi­cult to see any team liv­ing with York, whose spell of three wins and a draw in the last four matches has lifted them from 14th to fifth and into the play-off zone.

Ja­son Walker’s headed pass to Paddy McLaugh­lin saw Ash­ley Cham­bers give York a ninth­minute lead with a fierce crossshot. Then came Reed’s two misses in a minute. He chipped over Tyler but saw the ball roll wide and shot straight at Tyler af­ter burst­ing clear.

Reed supplied the pass for Walker to score his eighth goal of the sea­son and Cham­bers made it 3-0 on the stroke of half-time af­ter ex­chang­ing passes with Walker.

Reed hit the bar af­ter the break and Jamie Hand shot over with Lu­ton’s best chance as York strolled home. Now for sec­ond in the ta­ble Gateshead, to­mor­row night.

York man­ager Gary Mills said: “Ev­ery­one did their job su­perbly and this was a big three points.” York City: Ing­ham; Challi­nor, McGurk, Fy­field, Mered­ith; Kerr, Bou­caud, McLaugh­lin; Reed (Moke, 66), Walker (Hen­der­son, 89), Cham­bers (Blair, 76). Unused sub­sti­tutes: Smith, Parslow. Lu­ton Town: Tyler; Keane, An­twi, Ko­vaks, How­ells; Dance, Law­less (Watkins, 46), Kis­sock (O’Con­nor,46), Hand, Wilmot; Fleet­wood (Crow, 80). Unused sub­sti­tutes: Asa­fuAd­jaye, Pilk­ing­ton. Ref­eree: A Har­ring­ton (Hartle­pool). Man of the match: Ash­ley Cham­bers.

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