Date: 26th December 2017 at 5:18pm
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Assistant manager Dave Penney hailed the contribution of evergreen striker Jon Parkin during the 4-1 victory at North Ferriby United.

Ahead of celebrating his 36th birthday this coming Saturday, City’s leading scorer delivered a true Boxing Day knock-out with an impessive hat-trick at Grange Lane.

That witnessed the burly front-man registering a new post-War club record of thirty-six goals for the Minstermen in a calendar year.

“While we’ve always got Jon Parkin in the club, we’re going to score goals,” Penney told BBC Radio York. “So we have to build our team around him.

“He’s got twenty-one for the season, so if we can keep him scoring and tidy it up a little bit more, then we’ve got a chance of picking points up.

“The manner of the hat-trick today with no set-plays or anything like that – it’s from open play,” he enthused.

“It was important we had a reaction from Saturday,” Penney admitted. “I didn’t think the performance was too bad [against Blyth Spartans], it’s just the manner of the goals we’re conceding. And we’ve got to make sure we keep tightening that up.

“But I’m obviously delighted to come away with three points and it’s set us up for next week [against North Ferriby].

“There was some good performances,” he continued. “I thought [Adriano] Moke was great running with the ball on a difficult surface. And young [Alex] Pattison is a footballer, you can see that – and Jonny Burn was winning his headers as well.

“A good performance but we’re disappointed with the goal, obviously. But once we’ve got big Jon we’re always liable to score goals.

“There were a couple [of nervy moments]. One with Hamza [Bencherif] bobbled through him and [Sean] McAllister for the goal as well. I don’t think they were quite confident with the pitch, it was a bit lively and bobbly.

“But they did pass it and wanted to pass it, and certainly footballing-wise and running with it, we looked good today. But again we still want to be better and tighter at the back.”

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