Half-time: York City 4 Bristol Rovers 1
Struggling Bristol Rovers look set to suffer a third successive league defeat following a woeful opening period at Bootham Crescent this afternoon.
A rampant York side have taken full advantage of Rovers' defensive frailties to score four times as they attempt to win a league game at home for the first time since October 20.
Rovers, meanwhile, could slip to the foot of the League Two table this evening should bottom side Barnet overturn the one goal they trail by at Dagenham & Redbridge ahead of the second-half.
York took the early initiative and opened the scoring in the 11th minute when an Ashley Chambers cross the skimmed off the top of Garry Kenneth's head to leave Sam Walker wrong-footed and helpless in the Rovers goal.
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The advantage, however, lasted a little over a minute before Rovers made amends thanks to an act of bullish strength and determination by striker Tom Eaves to shrug off the attentions of two defenders on the edge of the penalty area before firing a shot past York goalkeeper Michael Ingram.
Manager Mark McGhee, however, saw his side back on level terms for all of ninety seconds before Rovers' susceptibility at crosses returned to allow Ashley Chambers the freedom of the penalty area to nod in a pin-point Matty Blair cross at the far post.
A third goal for Gary Mills' side came in the 20th minute following neat interplay between York's three-pronged strike force, which offered an unmarked Jason Walker the chance to volley in from close-range. Chambers added his second of the day in the 33rd minute when racing onto a through ball before completing an exquisite chipped finish over Walker to complete the scoring in a difficult opening period for McGhee's men.
McGhee had made one change to his starting line-up ahead of the game with Matthew Lund going straight back into the side after missing the 1-0 defeat at the hands of Dagenham & Redbridge because of suspension.
Rovers (4-3-3): Walker; Woodards, Branston, Kenneth, Paterson; Broghammer; Clarkson, Eaves, Anyinsah. Subs: Gough, Smith, Harrison, Clucas, Riordan, Norburn, Richards.
York City (4-3-3): Ingham; Parslow, C Smith, Doig, Fyfield; Kerr, Potts, McLaughlin; Walker, Chambers, Walker. Subs: Musselwhite, McGurk, Reed, Bullock, J Smith, Allan, Rodman.