Accrington Stanley moved one step closer to promotion after a thumping win over York City at the Wham Stadium.
A double for Josh Windass and opener from Tariqe Fosu guided the Reds to victory and confirmed the Minstermen’s relegation out of the Football League.
With eight goals in their previous two matches against York this season, Stanley began on the front foot from kick off.
An early Adam Buxton free kick on the right found Billy Kee at the far post, but the striker couldn’t find the target as his header sailed well over the crossbar.
Kee continued to cause a problem for the York defense, who had goalkeeper Scott Flinders to thank for denying the marksman with a header after Piero Mingoia’s inviting cross into the area.
Josh Windass scored twice in Accrington’s last home game against Morecambe and the attacking midfielder was fouled on the edge of the box to give Buxton another chance to create.
The fullback tried his luck with the freekick, but fired well over the angle of post and crossbar with his effort.
As half-time edged closer, winger Tariqe Fosu broke the deadlock to give Stanley the lead heading into the break.
The Reading loanee was in the right place at the right time to take advantage of Flinders’ mistake as the goalkeeper was unable to keep hold of a low cross.
After giving himself a moment to gain composure, Fosu tapped home for the second time in successive matches.
John Coleman’s men carried on where they had left off after the interval, with Tom Davies going close within minutes of the restart.
Mingoia weaved his way inside away from the touchline before expertly finding the centre-half, who saw a free header fly straight at the York ‘keeper for a comfortable save.
The goalkeeper faced a bombardment of pressure all afternoon and was at hand to deny Kee again with a fine low save at his near post.
Despite Flinders’ best efforts, the lead was soon doubled as Windass produced a moment of quality, showing just why he’d recently been voted in the top 15 players in League Two this season.
A Buxton corner was only half cleared and fell into Windass’ path before the attacking midfielder struck a volley perfectly into the bottom corner to give the home side some breathing space.
The visitors’ attacking opportunities were few and far between throughout the match but Bradley Fewster had a great chance to spark a late comeback.
The striker fired over from close range after Lewis Alessandra caused problems down the right flank for Jackie McNamara’s side.
In the final minutes of injury time, Windass found a third with a deflected effort across the face of goal to add gloss to the scoreline.