National League: York City and Guiseley win to boost survival chances

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York City and Guiseley boosted their survival chances in the National League with big wins today.

York City strengthened their survival hopes as they eased past Braintree Town 3-0.

Jon Parkin fired home a superb free-kick from 25 yards to give the hosts a great start as they looked to move within three points of their opponents in the table.

Parkin headed against the bar as York looked to press home their first-half superiority, before Asa Hall doubled their lead in stoppage-time by nodding in Amari Morgan-Smith’s cross.

Morgan-Smith made it 3-0 with 14 minutes remaining, giving Gary Mills’ side their fourth win in six league games and moving them to within two points of safety.

Guiseley condemned National League bottom side Southport to a ninth defeat in 11 games with a narrow victory at Haig Avenue.

Rory McKeown’s cross-shot hit the bar as Southport made a confident start, but after the break the visitors took control.

Kevan Hurst tested Craig King’s handling with a decent effort just after the break, but there was little the Southport goalkeeper could do to deny the 31-year-old’s superb volley with 18 minutes remaining.

The victory, which ended a three-match winless run for Guiseley, leaves Southport 10 points off safety with only six matches to play.