League: Farsley 2 - 4 Lancaster City
A six goal thriller saw Lancaster City continue their march up the table with an eye-catching 4-2 victory over promotion rivals Farsley on Saturday.
A last-minute brace from Jordan Connerton earned Phil Brown’s side a dramatic victory despite not playing at their best for the majority of the game.
It was a game of few chances and a typically gritty affair between these well two acquainted sides with a few half chances missing the target at either end. It was the hosts who were seeing more of the ball as City struggled to counter-attack effectively.
Both sides were opting to go route one for the majority of the game, and it was a long ball that drew first blood for Farsley. Paddy Miller’s long diagonal pass went over the City defence and the speedy Alex Davidson latched onto the ball, ran in on goal, and coolly finished with a neat finish at the near post.
The lead lasted just two minutes as Lancaster found an instant reply. A well worked throw-in routine concluded with Connerton being able to fire a low ball to the feet of Louis Mayers on the penalty the spot. The striker turned his marker and fired home from close range to level things up going into the break.
The openings of the second half saw Phil Brown’s side having to dig deep and defend as they endured a frustrating passage. Mike Hale was on top form to keep his side in it, producing a string of fine saves to keep the scores level.
The hosts kept up the pressure though and it told when City gave away a stonewall penalty as Simon Wills scythed his man down on the edge of the box with an hour gone on the clock. Richard Marshall kept his nerve to send Mike Hale the wrong way and give the hosts a slender goal advantage.
City were looking short of ideas until a set piece changed the tied of the game. Billy Akrigg’s corner was met by the head of in-form defender Josh Westwood to glance home his third goal in two games and draw the score level.
From then on there looked to be only one winner and the game winning goal came with just a minute left on the clock. Hale’s long kick was flicked by Mayers to the feet of Connerton who applied a superb finish across goal into the bottom right corner.
There was a brief scare in added time as a tight-angle shot from hosts’ full-back Chris Howarth glanced off the post before the game was well and truly sealed in the 93rd minute.
The Dollies’ strikers combined again for the gloss-adding fourth goal, with Connerton’s initial shot blocked by a defender on the line before turning his own rebound into the net with the final kick of the game.
MOTM: Mike Hale. Match winning saves.