Full-time: York City 4 Bristol Rovers 1
Struggling Bristol Rovers remain in the League Two relegation zone after suffering a heavy defeat at Bootham Crescent this afternoon.
A rampant York side took full advantage of Rovers' defensive frailties to score four times in a woeful first-half display by McGhee's side that effectively saw the game ended as a contest before the break.
The manager, however, did see his side offer up an improved display in the second half – but by that time the damage had been well and truly done to a Rovers side, who have now suffered three successive league defeats.
Pressure is expected to intensify once again on beleaguered boss McGhee, then, after his team were only spared the ignominy of slipping to the foot of the league because bottom side Barnet lost at Dagenham & Redbridge.
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York, meanwhile, 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.
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 sought to shake things up by withdrawing Danny Woodards and Matthew Lund in favour of Michael Smith and Seanan Clucas ahead of the second-half.
The manager saw his side offer up a more respectable display – but hopes of an unlikely comeback were dashed on the hour-mark when Eaves spurned a one-on-one chance by only finding the side-netting after rounding Ingham.
David Clarkson also had a close-range effort cleared off the line as the clock ticked down, while Tom Parkes angled a header just over the cross bar.
York, meanwhile, always looked dangerous on the break and should have added to their lead when good opportunities fell to, but were ultimately missed, by Jason Walker and Jonathan Smith before the referee brought an end to another miserable afternoon for Rovers.
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.