York City defied the loss of manager Martin Foyle with an excellent 3-1 victory to shatter high-flying Tamworth's recent seven-game unbeaten run.

Michael Rankine set them on their way from the penalty spot during the first-half, and Alex Lawless and debutant Jamal Fyfield added further efforts before Scott Barrow struck a late consolation direct from a free-kick. Alex Lawless

The Minstermen were under the leadership of caretaker boss Andy Porter and went ahead midway through the opening half. A slip from Tamworth defender Michael Wylde let in  top scorer Rankine until he was brought down inside the area by Richard Tait. Rankine picked himself up and firmly despatched his penalty despite the best attempts of home keeper Ross Atkins.

Tamworth responded with their in-form striker Kyle Perry heading straight at Michael Ingham from a Danny Thomas cross before then sending a left-footed drive narrowly wide. The ex-Mansfield forward also had a goal disallowed for offside after Jay Smith had previously forced a sharp block from Ingham.

But York were always looking good going forward with Gash a constant threat. The recalled Danny Racchi forced a low save from Atkins before the break, while Jake Sheridan drilled an attempt wide immediately after it at the opposite end.

However, the impressive visitors duly increased their lead on 58 minutes when more great work from Gash found the supporting Lawless (inset) turning sharply inside the area and lashing his finish beyond Atkins.

And they deservedly made it three fourteen minutes later when Rankine went down the left and the ball was eventually worked towards debutant Fyfield, who forced it home at the second attempt.

The Lambs did reduce the deficit after Barrow crashed home a tremendous 81st minute free-kick, although York could then have extended their lead when a superb flowing move ended with Gash only being denied by a fine Atkins save deep into added time.