YORK City ended their longest losing run at any Sky Bet League Two rival during last weekend’s 3-0 triumph at Newport.

Prior to that success, the Minstermen had been beaten on their previous four visits to the South Wales town, going down 3-1, 3-0, 2-1 and 4-0.

That quartet of defeats represented the club’s third-worst sequence at any of the 91 other Premier League and Football League clubs.

Southampton and Swindon, therefore, still stand alone as the sides where City have endured their longest losing streaks.

North Yorkshire’s only professional outfit have lost on their last six visits to both of those teams with a 19-year-old Alan Shearer completing that sequence against the Saints back in 1989 when he bagged a brace during a 2-0 League Cup victory at the old Dell ground a full two-and-a-half years before he would make his senior England debut.

During a 30-year spell, dating back to 1959, Southampton won all six home fixtures they played against the Minstermen, scoring 17 times and conceding just four goals in the process.

City’s record at Swindon’s County Ground is even worse, meanwhile, conceding an average of just under four goals a game during their last half-dozen visits – a run that started with a 6-0 thrashing in 1965 and culminated in a 3-0 loss again 30 years later.

Aside from their unhappy trips to Hampshire and Wiltshire, the Minstermen have also racked up four straight losses at Blackburn, Derby and Sheffield United.

The most profitable destination for the club, meanwhile, from the current bunch of 92, is Mansfield, where Field Mill has witnessed three consecutive away wins.

Cambridge are the only other host side to have tasted successive defeats on their own soil against City.

Back at Bootham Crescent, Bristol City are the Minstermen’s biggest bogey side with the Ashton Gate visitors having tasted victory on their last five trips without even conceding a goal between 1988 and 2006.

More recent rivals Fleetwood have also totted up four triumphs on the trot with accompanying clean sheets from 2011 to 2014.

Somewhat surprisingly, considering they have been Premier League champions since their last visit to York on Boxing Day 1975, Blackburn have endured the longest string of defeats at the 83-year-old stadium, losing 2-1, 1-0 and 1-0 with Ian Holmes, Bobby Hosker, Brian Pollard and Barry Swallow the home marksmen.

But, if home and away meetings are paired together, then Barnsley hold the biggest hoodoo over their Yorkshire neighbours, enjoying six straight successes over a 37-year period.

Last term’s 2-0 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat at Oakwell followed on from a 2-1 home reverse in the FA Cup in 2003 with the Tykes also having enjoyed league doubles in the old fourth division during the 1977/78 and 1978/79 seasons.

Rather more modestly, City have currently only managed back-to-back victories against two teams in this country’s top four divisions.

One is Premier League Norwich, who were defeated twice in the old second division during the 1974/75 campaign – a season that saw the Canaries reach the League Cup final with former Minstermen Ted MacDougall and Phil Boyer spearheading their attack.

The other is Reading who City have knocked out in the clubs’ last two FA Cup meetings.

In 2001, Nick Richardson and Graham Potter were on the scoresheet as the Royals, featuring former Minsterman Graeme Murty, were seen off 2-0 at Bootham Crescent in a second-round tie.

Twelve months earlier, goals from Steve Agnew, Colin Alcide and Chris Iwelumo ensured City knocked out the Berkshire club in the Madekjski Stadium at the same stage of the competition.

A victory over Cambridge at Bootham Crescent next month, following last season’s 3-0 success at the Abbey Stadium, would see Richard Money’s men extend that small band of clubs to three.

York City’s longest run of consecutive away defeats against team’s in English football’s top four divisions: Southampton, Swindon both 6; Blackburn, Derby and Sheffield United all 4.

City’s longest run of consecutive away wins: Mansfield 3; Cambridge 2.

City’s longest run of consecutive home defeats: Bristol City 5; Fleetwood 4; Barnsley and Fulham 3.

City’s longest run of consecutive home wins: Blackburn 3.

City’s longest consecutive run of defeats home and away: Barnsley 6; Bristol City 5; QPR and Wigan both 4; Blackpool, Charlton, Doncaster, Preston, Sunderland and Wimbledon all 3.

City’s longest run of consecutive wins home and away: Norwich, Reading both 2.

GOALSCORING midfielder James Berrett has opened up a two-point gap at the top of The Press Player of the Year standings.

Berrett was our man-of-the-match during last weekend’s 3-0 win at Newport after opening the scoring with his third goal of the campaign.

That accolade earned him three points towards the contest while Dave Winfield - his nearest rival at the summit – also collected two as The Press second-highest rated performer at Rodney Parade.

Reece Thompson picked up the remaining point on offer as our third-highest rated player in South Wales.

The two Player of the Month bonus points, awarded for topping our online man-of-the match poll, were shared by Thompson and Keith Lowe.

To be in with a chance of presenting The Press Player of the Month award for September on the pitch at Bootham Crescent, please register your man-of-the-match choice from today’s game at Stevenage via the @daveflettpress Twitter account or by emailing dave.flett@thepress.co.uk

The Press Player of the Year standings: Berrett 10, Winfield 8, Ilesanmi 7, Flinders 5, Thompson 5, Summerfield 4, Oliver 3, Penn 2, Tutonda 2, Hyde 1, McCoy 1.

The Press Player of the Month for September standings: Berrett 3, Thompson 2, Winfield 2, Lowe 1.

Goals: Berrett 3, Thompson 3, Oliver 1, Summerfield 1.

Assists: Summerfield 4, Berrett 1, McCoy 1, Thompson 1, Tutonda 1.

Bad boys: Berrett, Winfield both three yellow cards; Oliver two yellow cards; McCoy, Penn, Summerfield all one yellow.