Errors prove costly for County as York City leave Rodney Parade with all three points in the lunchtime kick-off...
County made five changes from the team that started against Swindon Town on Tuesday night, with deadline day signing Matt Partridge being bought in to make his debut.
The first chance of the game fell to the visitors. Mark Byrne tussled with James Barrett on the edge of the area and the referee awarded York the free-kick, in what was a dangerous location. Berrett dusted himself down to take the resulting set-piece and his low effort forced Joe Day into making a safe down to his left.
County were quick to respond with chances of their own. A Mark Byrne corner was met by the towering Aaron Hayden but his effort cleared the crossbar.
The visitors then took the lead when James Berrett stepped up and made an interception from midfield and ran at the County defence, before picking his spot and firing the ball low into the corner and out of the reach of Joe Day.
County had a half-chance to bring the scores back level before the break, when a Scott Barrow free-kick from the right eventually fell to Mark Byrne on the edge of the area, but the midfielder flashed his volley clean over the cross bar.
The second half was ten minutes old when York doubled their lead. A deep free-kick just inside the County half was delivered by David Tutonda and found the unmarked Reece Thompson, who had the time to glance his header into the net.
The goal meant that County heads dropped and York capitalised, adding a third goal minutes later. James Berrett was again involved as his strike from the edge of the area was pushed into the path of Vadaine Oliver, who simply had to tap the ball into the net.
While County rung the chances and still battled hard to force their way back into the game, Danny Holmes picked up a second yellow-card for lunging into a challenge late and was given his marching orders by referee Trevor Kettle that killed-off any lingering hope of a County comeback.
At the death striker Lenell John-Lewis had by far the best chance for County, using his strength effectively to turn inside the visitor's area and fire a low-volley that forced Scott Flinders into making a good save down on the ground.