York City boss Martin Gray summoned his players in for Sunday morning training following a performance he described as “an embarrassment, a disgrace, absolutely appalling and disgusting.”

The Minstermen were humbled 4-1 at part-timers Curzon Ashton with home striker Niall Cummins hitting a first-half hat-trick, having also had a 28th-minute penalty saved by Adam Bartlett. Sam Walker joined Cummins on the scoresheet after the break before City top-scorer Jon Parkin was sent off midway through the second period following an off-the-ball clash with home captain Jonathan Hunt.

Debutant and second-half substitute Alex Kempster went on to grab a consolation for the ten men and was absolved of any criticism by Gray who, nevertheless, refused to hold back with his assessment of a game that followed just seven days on from the 1-0 home triumph over National League North leaders Salford.

“It was the same team and formation as last week, but what was different was the mentality and I’m not taking the blame for that,” the City boss fumed. “I’ll blame the players, because that was an embarrassment and a disgrace.

“Representing York City like that is unacceptable and the players will be in on Sunday morning as a punishment and they’ll be worked hard all week. I had a family day booked, but this has to come first and I hope the players are hurting as much as I am, because it’s the worst I have felt since coming here.”

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