YORK City got off the mark at the LNER Community Stadium with their first competitive win at Monks Cross on Saturday, beating Farsley Celtic 4-2 in an entertaining affair.

Strikers Kurt Willoughby and Clayton Donaldson were on target for a second game in a row, with impressive midfielder Michael Woods and a Dave Syers own goal augmenting the tally.

The victory comes not a moment too soon for City, who now have back-to-back home games to look forward to within the next fortnight.

Here are five things we learnt.

1. York will try to tighten up

At 4-0 by the 70th minute, Saturday's was a superb game of cut-and-thrust football, particularly for the revelling home fans.

Twelve minutes later, Farsley had halved City's advantage - two goals which proved a real thorn in the side of the victors.

Afterwards, manager Steve Watson lamented that goal-hungry City had forced the issue going forward and, by committing too many men forward, left their makeshift back line exposed.

Expect to see less naive excitability in the coming weeks - though hopefully not an end to the thrilling football.

2. There are changes to the team afoot

In the squad for the first time in six-and-a-half weeks was Josh King, who has been absent since picking up a leg injury against Sunderland on July 21. An unused substitute on Saturday, when he does return, centre-back King will be an obvious choice to bolster a beleaguered back line.

How he will be accommodated is a pleasant one to mull over in a season during which Watson has been faced with little more than frustrating problems.

Do City keep the back four? If so, does King go in at centre-back, and displace Sam Fielding - who might end up on the bench to preserve the midfield status quo - or does he go to right-back?

To perhaps best play to their strengths, York could revert to a back three of Matty Brown, King and Fielding, with Jaden Charles and Olly Dyson as wing-backs and keep the strong midfield three.

Whatever comes of it, King's return can only be a positive.

3. Dyson can express himself from right-back

An attacking midfielder by trade, it is unsurprising he has occasionally been caught out while defending.

But as one of the best in close control in City's squad and a strong, direct runner, Dyson seemed to relish the space he had to pelt up the right flank and torment the Farsley defence.

4. The Community Stadium is no longer an albatross

Having produced some excellent performances and results at the new ground in pre-season, and lost a grand total of three competitive games there, talk of a Monks Cross 'curse' would have been a touch hyperbolic.

That said, each of those three National League North games York did lose there was dispiriting in its own way.

How nice, then, to finally christen the stadium with a win and a hugely watchable game befitting the plush environs.

5. York can build on this

Coming up next at the Community Stadium are winless Hereford in the league and Step 4 side Hebburn Town - who have one point from four games - in the FA Cup.

A buoyant, in-form City should be looking to continue their recovery into these games before a trip to Darlington on September 25.