North Ferriby United 1 York City 4
Tue 26th Dec 12.30pm
There was some welcome Christmas cheer as striker Jon Parkin scored his first-ever York City hat-trick in a comprehensive 4-1 victory at the division's regular whipping boys North Ferriby United.
The veteran marksman struck twice before the break and on loan Jonny Burn decisively claimed another in first-half added time.
Ex-Tadcaster Albion front-runner Carl Stewart replied straight after the restart but Parkin appropriately had the final word just before the end.
Manager Martin Gray earlier made a single-change from the weekend with Josh Law returning at right-back for Daniel Rowe.
Ferriby included a couple of former City players in their starting line-up, skipper Simon Russell and Callum Rzonca, with a third, Craig Nelthorpe, named on the bench.
The Villagers had only scored nine goals in their opening twenty-three games but should have gone in front on five minutes, Jake Picton's through ball catching out Burn and releasing Stewart to wastefully blaze over the crossbar.
On loan Alex Pattison struck across the face of goal at the other end before ex-York-man Rzonca dragged wide. Recent arrival Jordan Slew was later similarly off-target.
But the visitors were ahead on nineteen minutes when David Ferguson's cross was emphatically smashed high into the net by Parkin.
Leading marksman Parkin immediately screwed another effort over and Aidan Connolly curled behind before Adriano Moke drove too close to keeper Ross Durrant.
However, another City defensive howler, with this time Hamza Bencherif badly miskicking, once again let in Stewart, who was denied by Adam Bartlett at the expense of a corner.
The hosts were forced into a change around the half-hour with hamstring victim Rzonca replaced by former York winger Nelthorpe.
Moments later Middlesbrough youngster Pattison shot wide after a fine solo break before Parkin tried his luck from distance.
The visitors still doubled their advantage with the interval soon approaching as Parkin registered his twentieth goal of the season courtesy of a first-time finish after Law provided the cross.
And York then added another in first-half stoppage-time when Ferguson was fouled on the edge of the area, and the lively Pattison's free-kick was diverted into the top corner by fellow loanee Burn.
That margin was, though, suddenly reduced at the beginning of the second period as Stewart netted from close-range after Sean McAllister had failed to clear.
Parkin could have had a hat-trick when heading wide a Moke cross at the far post, while Connolly swept behind from an angle and then delivered a free-kick for Parkin's looping header to drift over.
Adam Bolder replied wayward from a decent opportunity at the other end, that after Amari Morgan-Smith couldn't force in Connolly's assist, with Parkin also curling a long-range free-kick over.
Earlier goalscorer Burn later had a close-range strike blocked by keeper Durrant, but the contest was increasingly fading towards its conclusion.
That was until Parkin completed his hat-trick during the closing stages with a turning volley after substitute James Gray helped on Bartlett's clearance.
Fellow replacement Connor Smith then proved too high for the visitors from the edge of the area in added time.
North Ferriby United: Durrant, Cooke, Picton, Skelton, Walters, Rzonca (Nelthorpe 31), Bolder, Russell, Johnson (Agnew 46), Slew, Stewart (Lofts 71)
subs (unused): Exall, Forrester
Goals: Stewart (48)
York City: Bartlett, Law, Burn, Bencherif, Ferguson, Moke, McAllister (Rowe 90), Pattison, Connolly (Smith 90), Morgan-Smith (Gray 70), Parkin
subs (unused): Parslow, Simpson
Goals: Parkin (19, 40, 87), Burn (45)
Ref: A. Tankard
Att: 1,001 (798 York)