Writer: Vital York
Date:Tuesday October 29 2013
Tue 29th Oct 7.45pm
Rampant York City produced a quartet of superb first-half goals to deny Scunthorpe United a share of the leadership of the table with a rousing 4-1 victory at Bootham Crescent.
Recent arrival Josh Carson earned them an immediate lead that was soon added to by Wes Fletcher before Ryan Brobbel grabbed a third midway through the opening half.
The on loan Middlesbrough forward then struck a brilliant fourth, although Sam Winnall netted a consolation for the visitors right at the start of the second period.
Manager Nigel Worthington earlier made three changes with recalls for Fletcher and Tom Allan while Ryan Bowman was given his first league start. Those replaced leading scorer Ryan Jarvis, who reverted to the bench, Lanre Oyebanjo and the sidelined David McGurk.
The Minstermen couldn't have asked for a better start as Carson raced through the middle and drilled a brilliant shot into the top corner to give them the lead after just a couple of minutes.
That was swiftly increased when the recalled Fletcher demonstrated his strength to claim his fourth goal of the season with an angled finish across keeper Sam Slocombe following a Luke O'Neill free-kick.
Scunthorpe's hopes of earning a joint-hold of the leadership of the table were already appearing in tatters. Veteran striker Deon Burton responded by heading over a Matt Sparrow cross while home keeper Michael Ingham easily gathered a deflected shot.
The visitors then lost Niall Canavan to an earlier knock and his side were left floundering again when Brobbel worked the space and rifled a right-footed shot into the top corner from another O'Neill free-kick.
Brilliant York were simply on fire and Elliott Whitehouse flashed a 25-yard effort narrowly wide before next forcing a routine stop from Slocombe. The on loan Sheffield United midfielder was then cautioned alongside the Iron's David Syers.
Back came the home side and Lewis Montrose saw his shot charged down when Brobbel touched on O'Neill's free-kick while substitute Etienne Esajas shot comfortably wide at the other end.
The Minstermen almost had a fourth goal when the strong-running Fletcher crossed and Bowman was only just denied his first for the club by a last-ditch challenge. Montrose then ignored the supporting Brobbel as another opportunity beckoned for his rampant side.
Burton blazed well over but the visitors were appearing increasingly desperate and their plight worsened with the best of four wonderful first-half goals, Brobbel magnificently volleying O'Neill's cross over his shoulder five minutes from the break.
Andrew Dawson became the second United player booked as the visitors tried to keep out their inspired opponents, while Montrose headed another O'Neill free-kick straight at Slocombe at the end of a sensational half.
York were forced into a change at the break with club captain Chris Smith coming on for youngster Tom Allan, and found their advantage instantly reduced when Winnall claimed his seventh goal of the campaign with a right-footed finish.
Substitute Smith saw a header easily saved from Ben Davies' cross at the other end and Bowman released Carson around the back but his delivery failed to find a colleague. Carson also forced a near post save by Slocombe from O'Neill's forward ball.
However, the Northern Ireland international then limped out of the action with a suspected hamstring injury and was replaced by the lately out-of-favour Ashley Chambers.
David Mirfin soon headed directly at Ingham and goalscorer Winnall had another attempt deflected behind while Esajas curled a shot wide. Fletcher's reply was blocked before the visitors lost their experienced midfielder Sparrow due to injury.
The Minstermen came within inches of a fifth goal when Montrose crashed a 30-yard drive against an upright, while Ingham dealt with Sean McAllister's dipping effort before York's leading scorer Ryan Jarvis replaced Fletcher inside the final ten minutes.
Scunthorpe pressed for a second during the closing stages with Mirfin heading across goal from a cross by Esajas, who saw another effort deflected behind before Mirfin struck the woodwork from the resultant corner.
York City: Ingham, O'Neill, Parslow, Allan (Smith 46), Davies, Carson (Chambers 58), Montrose, Whitehouse, Brobbel, Bowman, Fletcher (Jarvis 82)
subs (unused): Kettings, Platt, Puri, Cresswell
Goals: Carson (3), Fletcher (12), Brobbel (21, 40)
Scunthorpe United: Slocombe, Byrne, Mirfin, Canavan (Esajas 17), Dawson, McAllister, Sparrow (Hawkridge 68), Syers (Adelakun 62), Ribeiro, Winnall, Burton
subs (unused): Severn, Iwelumo, Waterfall, Spencer
Goals: Winnall (47)
Ref: A. Madley (West Yorkshire)
Att: 3,636 (737 Scunthorpe)
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