Report: Clinical Clark Clinches City Point
Gavin Clark was an unlikely goal-scoring hero on Tuesday night as the Dolly Blues fought back in injury time for a dramatic point.
Lancaster City twice fought back from behind against rivals Warrington Town in a back and forth match up at Giant Axe on Tuesday night.
After a disappointing opening 45 minutes a huge improvement after the interval saw the Dolly Blues score twice thanks to full-back Gavin Clark, including a 93rd minute equaliser at the death.
In a game that was few on chances it was the visitors who enjoyed the better of the match in the first half and took the lead on 12 minutes. Wire's Ruben Jerome on hand to smartly convert a cross from close range following a half-cleared corner. Chris Cheetham in the City goal was on hand to deny Liam Hyne the Wire's second with a great near post save following a swift counter attack.
After the interval there was an immediate improvement from Phil Brown's side with Ryan Winder going close with a trademark driving run at the defence. Getting space inside the box the midfielder's strike was palmed wide by former City-stopper Tony McMillan.
The pressure paid off on the hour mark as Winder played in Clark on the counter who cut inside from the left flank and curled a low shot through a crowd of defenders and into the far right corner of the net.
The visitors came back at the Dollies however and restored their lead 14 minutes later as Josh Hine took advantage of a mix up between the City back line and Chris Cheetham to calmly head into an empty net from a tight angle.
Lancaster threw everything at Warrington in the closing stages and it looked like it wasn't to be their day before Clark popped up with a wonder strike in the 93rd minute. Faking a shot to cut inside past his man the full-back unleashed an unstoppable curling effort with his weaker right foot that flew into the top left corner of the net.
The hard-fought point means that City are undefeated in their opening two games and sit 5th in the table in a very encouraging start to life in the Northern Premier Divison.