Bradford Park Avenue fell to a second successive defeat at the hands of recently relegated York City.

The full time visitors opened the scoring in the fourth minute and never looked back, scoring five goals without reply as Avenue were swept aside with relative ease.

York did finish the game a man down though, Hamza Bencherif receiving his marching orders with 17 minutes to play for a second bookable offence.

The away side took the lead early in the game in the simplest fashion, the impressive Louis Almond finding an unmarked Daniel Parslow with a free kick, the centre back duly heading home at the back post.

Moments later Almond almost got in behind but Matt Hill covered well, Michael Rankine heading over from the resulting corner.

Bencherif then flicked a header goalwards which Steven Drench had to scramble to save, as York asserted their dominance with a strong wind behind them.

And they had their second just 12 minutes in as a goal kick flew down the pitch, ricocheting off Almond and into the path of Amari Morgan-Smith who finished well, lifting the ball over Drench.

Avenue should have pulled one back just two minutes later as Nicky Boshell delivered a brilliant cross to an unmarked Wayne Brooksby, but his touch let him down and the chance was gone.

Almond was involved again as York had their third 25 minutes in as the winger got on the end of Sean Newton’s cross, forcing a good save from Drench but Morgan-Smith was on hand to bury the loose ball from close range.

And it was game over just after the half-hour as Almond crossed low and captain Newton was on hand to fire home from a few yards out.

Avenue were forced to use one substitution before half time as Nicky Wroe hobbled off to be replaced by Adam Nowakowski, and Mark Bower handed a debut to new signing Mark Ross at the interval as he took the place of Javan Vidal.

Ross was involved in the first chance of the half as he delivered a brilliant cross finding an unmarked Adam Boyes, but he completely mis-headed against his former club.

There was another debutant as Avenue made their final change on 55 minutes, Nicky Clee replacing Matt Hill for his first competitive appearance in green and white.

Newton came close to adding York’s fifth when he set his sights from range, but Drench got down well to beat the powerful strike away.

The visitors did make it five on 69 minutes however, as Almond delivered a brilliant cross which Luca Havern inadvertently headed into his own goal.

They were reduced to 10 men moments later however, as Bencherif was shown his second yellow card for pulling back Boyes, the referee having little choice but to send the defender for an early shower.

Ross should have netted a debut goal with 15 minutes to play as Boshell planted a perfect corner kick right on his head but his effort was high and wide.

Both sides in fact were forced to finish the game with 10 men, as Nowakowski was helped off the pitch with 11 minutes left following a head injury, Avenue having used all three substitutions.

There was still time for Drench to pull off another top save, somehow tipping away Kaine Felix’s header which looked destined for the corner.

Next up for Bower’s men is a trip to face yet another side new to the division, as Spennymoor Town are the hosts on Tuesday evening.

Bradford Park Avenue: Drench, Vidal (Ross 46), Hill (Clee 55), Wroe (c, Nowakowski 43), Havern, Knowles, Brooksby, D.Boshell, Boyes, Johnson, N.Boshell

Subs not used: Spencer, Knight

Bookings: Brooksby (35), D.Boshell (90+1)

York City: Worsnop, Law, Whittle (Muggleton 64), Bencherif, Parslow, Moke, Newton (c), Heslop, Rankine (Felix 56), Morgan-Smith (Smith 64), Almond

Subs not used: Connolly, Sukar

Goals: Parslow (4), Morgan-Smith (12, 25), Newton (32), Havern (OG69)

Bookings: Bencherif (23)

Sent off: Bencherif (73)

Referee: Dean Watson

Attendance: 1,133

Matchball sponsor: Mark Verity