Match report: York City 0, Port Vale 2
JENNISON Myrie-Williams and Lee Hughes scored the goals that clinched Port Vale's first win in six games.
The Valiants were always the better side at struggling York and fully deserved a vital victory to put them back on track in the promotion race.
Myrie-Williams rattled in the opener after just eight minutes and Hughes rammed in the second straight after the break to send more than 1,000 noisy Vale fans home happy.
Boss Micky Adams was planning to bring Dan Jones back into the team, but the left-back seemed to break down in the warm-up and was replaced by Rob Taylor.
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Louis Dodds came in on the right of a 4-4-2, while Myrie-Williams, on the left, and Lee Hughes also returned to the team.
Richard Duffy failed to figure in the squad, while Ben Williamson dropped to the bench and Sam Morsy was suspended.
Vale had all of the early play and deservedly went in front after only eight minutes.
Myrie-Williams picked up possession some 40 yards from goal and when the York defence backed off, the winger simply ran into the space.
He left fly with a left-foot shot from just inside the box that flashed across keeper Michael Ingham and into the opposite corner.
The dominant visitors could have doubled their lead after 21 minutes. Dodds's long ball forward saw Hughes sprint clear of the City defence, but the veteran striker's volley whistled a yard the wrong side of the far post.
And they had a gift-wrapped opportunity before the half-hour. Hughes latched on to a ball which had been bobbling around the left of the York area and was felled by Jamal Fyfield as he shaped to shoot.
Referee Haines gave Myrie-Williams the chance to double his and Vale's tally from the spot, but the winger's weak spot-kick was comfortably saved by Ingham.
York went close for the first time when Scott Kerr's stinging shot from 25 yards was spectacularly pushed over the angle by diving goalkeeper Chris Neal.
Myrie-Williams was still in the thick of the action after 36 minutes and he went close once more after a great piece of play, heading over his marker and racing on to the loose ball before rattling in a long-range effort that forced Ingham into a decent save.
The Valiants looked to have wrapped up the points straight after half-time. Tom Pope sent Myrie-Williams away down the left and his low cross to the far post was rammed in by Hughes.
York battled away, but there was little quality to their work and, though Kerr headed only a foot over the bar from a corner, the home side rarely threatened.
Vale looked the more likely on the break, but Pope headed wide when well placed and substitute Ben Williamson rattled a shot into the legs of defender Chris Smith.
It didn't matter in the end, a comfortable, and perhaps crucial, victory was assured.
York City: Ingham, Smith, Parslow, Kerr, Walker (Reed, 46), Chambers (Blair, 61), Carson, Fyfield (McLaughlin, 77), O'Connell, Rankine, McGrath. Subs not used: Jameson, McDaid, Potts, Doig.
Port Vale: Neal, Yates, McCombe, Chilvers, Taylor, Myrie-Williams (Andrew, 86), Griffith, Birchall, Dodds (Shuker, 90), Hughes (Williamson, 77), Pope. Subs not used: Davis, Lloyd, Boot.
Referee: Andy Haines (Tyne & Wear)
Attendance: 3,945 (1,035 Vale fans)