York 1 Accrington Stanley 5: ‘Strangers’ fold to record club defeat

A MUCH-CHANGED York City team could not avoid equalling a club record of eight successive defeats.

Jackie McNamara, who has been in charge for six of those games, gave six players their York debuts but goals from Billy Kee (two), Matty Pearson, Josh Windass and Shay McCartan saw Stanley romp to victory.

On-loan Middlesbrough striker Bradley Fewster – one of the new faces – scored the Minstermen’s 75th-minute consolation but McNamara admitted: “I was disappointed with a lot of things defensively and we looked like a team that had just met each other the day before.

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“I thought it would be asking a lot of the back four with three new players in there because we only had one training session together, but I still expected us to do a lot of things better.”

Accrington opened the scoring courtesy of Pearson’s deflected 25-yard drive.

Kee then tapped in to double the advantage after Sean McConville and Windass had combined.

On-loan Arsenal defender Stefan O’Connor went on to concede a penalty that Windass despatched in the 61st minute and the same player then gave possession to McConville, whose shot Scott Flinders could only parry, allowing Kee to bag a second.

Fewster reduced the deficit on 75 minutes after racing on to Josh Carson’s pass and finishing confidently past Jason Mooney from 10 yards.

But Femi Ilesanmi’s mistake saw McCartan complete the rout with a firm 20-yard effort.

York City: Flinders; Lussey (Swan, 68), O’Connor, Ilesanmi, Kitching; Godfrey (Fewster, 57), Berrett, Coulson; McEvoy, Oliver, Galbraith (Carson, 68). Unused substitutes: Ingham, Platt, Straker, Rzonca.

Accrington Stanley: Mooney; Halliday, Davies, Pearson, Wright; Mingoia, Crooks, Conneely, McConville; Windass (McCartan, 66), Kee (Gornell, 77). Unused substitutes: Etheridge, Barry, Procter, Wakefield, Buxton.

Referee: A Madley (West Yorks).

Man of the match: Josh Windass.