RAMPANT York City handed out a 5-0 thrashing to National League North hosts Bradford Park Avenue.

Amari Morgan-Smith (2), Dan Parslow and Sean Newton were all on target during an opening 32 minutes with home defender Luca Havern’s own goal completing the scoring after the break.

The only blemish for the Minstermen was Hamza Bencherif’s 73rd-minute dismissal for two bookable offences, meaning he will be suspended for next weekend’s home meeting with Nuneaton.

During a first half of one-way traffic, City opened the scoring in the third minute when Louis Almond, having been fouled close to the byline, curled in a free kick from the left that Parslow headed four yards out.

Michael Rankine and Bencherif then missed the target with further headers and Almond drove over from distance, before the visitors doubled their lead on 12 minutes.

Keeper Jon Worsnop’s long kick down the middle was helped on by Rankine and Almond’s inadvertent touch then released Morgan-Smith for a free run on goal.

The ex-Cheltenham striker then showed immaculate composure to direct the ball past advancing home net-minder Steven Drench.

Newton, meanwhile, blasted into the sidenetting after charging on to Rankine’s clever flick through the left channel, but it was 3-0 on 25 minutes when Alex Whittle picked out Almond from the byline.

The ex-Tranmere winger’s low drive was subsequently parried by Drench, but Morgan-Smith pounced to net from four yards.

Drench gathered just past the half-hour mark when Bencherif directed a Morgan-Smith corner towards goal, but Newton added a fourth on 32 minutes, tapping in from a yard after Almond had driven a low ball from the right.

After the break, James Knowles headed Bradford’s first chance well wide on 48 minutes, while Simon Heslop’s long ball forward found Almond, who curled over with a shot on the turn.

Ex-City striker Adam Boyes went on to head weakly off target from Mark Ross’ right-wing centre, before Drench comfortably gathered Almond’s long-range attempt and was then at full stretch to keep out Newton’s powerful edge-of-the-box drive.

A fifth goal duly arrived on 69 minutes when a harassed Havern headed Almond’s left-wing cross past Drench.

City, though, were down to ten men four minutes later when Bencherif picked up a second yellow card for a silly tug of Boyes’s shirt in front of the referee.

Ross went on to head wide from a Nicky Boshell corner and the numbers were evened up moments later when sub Adam Nowakowski took a knock and was unable to carry on.

City sub Kaine Felix was denied his first City goal on 83 minutes when Drench pulled off another full-length save to keep out his header after an excellent forward charge by Adriano Moke.