York 2 Lincoln 0: Pilkington puts York on way to Imps win

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PLAY-OFF hopefuls York City ended a run of three consecutive draws with maximum points at home to Lincoln City.

Goals from Danny Pilkington and Paddy McLaughlin earned the Minstermen a comfortable win – their first league success in more than a month.

York forged ahead in the fourth minute courtesy of Pilkington’s second goal of the season.

The former Stockport winger beat Imps goalkeeper Paul Farman with a 25-yard effort that deflected in off visiting defender Richard Hinds, a former Sheffield Wednesday centre-half.

Jamie Reed also volleyed wide for the Minstermen from Matty Blair’s right-wing cross on 10 minutes.

Lincoln, meanwhile, struggled to make a first-half impact on the game with their best offerings two chances for Conal Platt that failed to hit the target.

England C international Ashley Chambers should have doubled York’s lead early in the second half but fired wide from just five yards out.

Pilkington also called Farman into action before McLaughlin scored the Minstermen’s second goal on 58 minutes.

The former Newcastle midfielder curled a 15-yard left-footed effort beyond Farman after good work by Blair.

Chambers also hit the bar as York cruised to victory and applied pressure on leaders Fleetwood Town.

York City: Ingham, Challinor, McGurk, Fyfield, Meredith, Blair, Kerr, McLaughlin, Pilkington (Ashikodi, 76), Reed, Chambers (Oyebanjo, 87). Unused substitutes: Smith, Parslow, Moke.

Lincoln City: Farman, Sinclair, Hinds, Gowling, Nutter, Russell (Laurent, 65), Power, Thompson, Platt, Sheridan (Nicolau, 81), Perry (Medley, 51). Unused substitutes: Anyon, Christophe.

Referee: D Handley (Lancs).