YORK City will end the season with their longest unbeaten run of results on the road since 2014 following a 3-1 win at play-off hopefuls Bradford Park Avenue.

The Minstermen fought back from conceding a Lewis Knight free kick early in the second half, with goals from Paddy McLaughlin, Jordan Burrow and Macaulay Langstaff racking up a seventh successive away match without defeat since the 3-1 loss at Stockport back in January.

In between Burrow and Langstaff’s goals, centre-back Shane Killock was also red carded for the hosts, as City gained revenge for their 4-1 reverse at Bootham Crescent earlier in the campaign.

The visitors had earlier started the game in positive fashion with Alex Kempster’s diagonal run ending in a rising, 15-yard shot that ex-Pickering Town loan keeper Charlie Andrew pushed over his crossbar after just 18 seconds.

A David Ferguson cross was then glanced well wide by Burrow’s head and Kallum Griffiths stung Andrew’s palms from 30 yards.

After a long lull in play as the game meandered on with very little incident at either end, Burrow went on to again head off target from a right-wing Griffiths cross on 35 minutes.

Griffiths also saw an ambitious 35-yard attempt drift over the home goal.

Bradford mustered their first shot of the game on 42 minutes when ex-Minsterman Oli Johnson’s sidefooted, 12-yard volley was caught by Ryan Whitley as the visitors struggled to clear the home side’s first corner of the afternoon.

After Langstaff curled way too high from 25 yards, the half drew to a close with Park Avenue midfielder Danny East clearing the crossbar from the edge of the box and Kempster drilling a long-range effort straight at Andrew.

Bradford came out for the second half with much more purpose and should have gone in front when Whitley dropped a Knight corner and Scott Burgess survived penalty shouts for a lunge at Johnson, before Adam Nowakowski skied woefully over from six yards.

Moments later, Conor Branson rattled a beaten Whitley’s crossbar with a 30-yard thunderbolt, before the deadlock was broken on 54 minutes.

Wes York gave away a foul 25 yards from goal and Knight curled the subsequent free kick beyond Whitley's dive to his right.

Before the game restarted, York was hauled off and, just past the hour, a deflected Langstaff header, following Ferguson’s left-wing raid, was saved by Andrew.

At the other end, East drove over before City drew level on 67 minutes when Kempster played a short pass to McLaughlin and he hit a precise edge-of-the-box effort into Andrew's bottom-left corner.

Griffiths went on to make a good block to divert Killock’s drive away from goal and the City right back’s teasing cross from the right led to a Langstaff chance that was repelled.

On 73 minutes, Griffiths also fired well over from 35 yards, whilst an Alex Harris cross from the right was helped on by Kempster and Burrow forced a far-post save from Andrew.

But the skipper was not to be denied shortly afterwards when, on 80 minutes, he took one touch to control another Harris cross from the right, before crashing a 12-yard shot into Andrew’s top-left corner.

It was the City top scorer’s 18th goal of the season and his first in 11 matches.

Bradford’s afternoon then worsened three minutes later when Killock was sent off after hauling down Burrow 25 yards from goal to prevent a goalscoring opportunity.

The ten men continued to press for an equaliser to their credit, but Mark Ross’ firm ten-yard drive was well held down to his right by Whitley.

But City went on to add a third on the counter attack in the first minute of stoppage time when Burrow sent Langstaff charging clear through the left channel as he sprinted forward from inside his own half.

The City striker then kept his cool to calmly beat an outrushing Andrew.

With the hosts demoralised, Harris also forced a near-post save from the home keeper with the last shot of the game.

City ratings

Ryan Whitley 7

Kallum Griffiths 8

Joe Tait 7

Sean Newton 7

David Ferguson 7

Wes York 6

Scott Burgess 7

Paddy McLaughlin 7

Alex Kempster 7

Jordan Burrow 8

Macaulay Langstaff 8

Subs: Alex Harris 8 (for York, 55).

Subs not used: Adam Bartlett, Josh Law, Nathan Dyer, Jasper Moon.

Star man: Burrow – real handful for the hosts after scoring, getting Killock sent off and teeing Langstaff up for final goal

Bradford PA: Charlie Andrew, Mark Ross, Shane Killock, Luca Havern, Danny Lowe, Danny East (Jamie Spencer, 66), Adam Nowakowski (Alex Hurst, 85), Conor Branson, Lewis Knight, Jake Beesley, Oli Johnson (Keane Lewis-Potter, 87). Subs not used: Ryan Toulson, Romoney Crichlow-Noble.

Bradford star man: Branson – glimpses of quality in midfield

Referee: Sam Barratt 7/10 – decisive throughout contest

Booked: Langstaff 56

Sent off: Killock 83

Attendance: 775

Shots on target: Bradford PA 3, City 10

Shots off target: Bradford PA 4, City 5

Corners: Bradford PA 6, City 8

Fouls conceded: Bradford PA 5, City 8

Offside: Bradford PA 0, City 2