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Lancaster City
Shaw Lane
C Carney (49'), H Tam (87')
Full time
K Lugsden (75' Sent Off)
Sat 9 Sep 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK Premier Division Attendance 221

Report: Unbeaten Dolly Blues March On


A complete performance from Phil Brown's side saw them take all the points against top of the league Shaw Lane at Giant Axe.

The Dolly Blues maintained their unbeaten record in the Evo-Stik Premier thanks to two superb goals from Craig Carney and Hannu Tam. In a true all-round performance that included their third consecutive clean sheet, Phil Brown's side showed their attacking potential and were unlucky not to have won by more in an entertaining game at Giant Axe.

The openings of the first half showed glimpses of what was to come. With both sides set up to attack, the game was far more open than previous matches in this league so far and near-chances were plentiful, particularly for Lancaster. The first real chance, however, fell to the visitors with Spencer Harris' drive from the edge of the box. Josh Powell in the City goal was sharp and equal to the low shot, tipping the ball round the post to keep the game scoreless.

At the other end Lancaster had plenty of possession and looked dangerous attacking down both flanks. Set pieces and long throw-ins were also a constant threat and much improved from previous outings. It was from Sam Bailey's corner that City went closest to breaking the deadlock. The in-swinging corner was flicked on by Glenn Steel and Ryan Winder's header from a tight angle was cleared off the line.

Charlie Bailey went close to opening his account mid-way through the half. Advancing towards the edge of the box the midfielder fired a shot that took a slight deflection to curl the ball agonisingly wide of the far post.

For how well the Dolly Blues played in the first half they stepped it up to another gear entirely after the restart and took just 4 minutes to open the scoring. On the counter-attack Charlie Bailey's ball over the top found Winder in behind the back-line on the left side of the penalty area. The winger looked up and played a low ball to the on-rushing Craig Carney to hit a neat first time shot from just inside the box into the bottom left corner of the net.

With the scoring deservedly opened, City continued to press for more goals. Winder was unlucky not to get his name on the scoresheet after a super free-kick effort from 25 yards on the hour mark drew a fantastic save from on-loan Carlisle United keeper Morgan Bacon.

Melle Meulensteen then entered the fray and made a near instant impact, an impact he was on the receiving end of. Challenging Lane's midfielder Kieran Ludgsden for a header the PNE man took a nasty looking elbow to the head. Melle was almost straight to his feet to his credit, but Ludgsden was instantly and rightly shown a straight red card.

The game took a feisty edge after that tackle with the visitors visibly frustrated. Powell produced a smart low save to deny Chib Chilaka from close range late in the half in the best that the Ducks could muster in the final parts of the match.

Substitute Hannu Tam then wrapped up the points after another great attacking play from Phil Brown's side with just minutes remaining. Carney turned the ball away from the midfield on the counter and ran at the visitors' defence before spotting Tam making an inside run and playing a delicate through ball through to the pacy striker.

Leaving the defence in his wake Tam took two touches through on goal at full speed before finishing off from 8 yards to seal the three points. The Dollies' hotshot nearly got his second in added time after a mazy run from the left flank but his effort was central and well saved by Bacon.

A thoroughly impressive performance from the Dolly Blues against one of the early promotion contenders as City showed their true potential to do what's needed at both ends of the pitch.

MOTM: Craig Carney. First rate goal and assist.

Gavin Clark

Player of the Match

Gavin Clark

Key moments

Goal Craig Carney scores for Lancaster City
Red Card Kieran Lugsden is sent off for Shaw Lane
Goal Hannu Tam scores for Lancaster City


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90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Joshua Powell keeps a clean sheet for Lancaster City
90:00 Player of the Match
Gavin Clark is awarded player of the match for Lancaster City
87:00 Goal 2 - 0
Hannu Tam scores for Lancaster City
83:00 Sub Off
Oliver Wood is substituted off for Lancaster City
83:00 Sub On
Hannu Tam is substituted on for Lancaster City
80:00 Yellow Card
Oliver Wood is yellow carded for Lancaster City
75:00 Red Card 1 - 0
Kieran Lugsden is sent off for Shaw Lane
74:00 Sub On
Melle Meulensteen is substituted on for Lancaster City
74:00 Sub Off
Charlie Bailey is substituted off for Lancaster City
70:00 Sub On
Rob Henry is substituted on for Lancaster City
70:00 Sub Off
Sam Bailey is substituted off for Lancaster City
49:00 Goal 1 - 0
Craig Carney scores for Lancaster City
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As it happened

  • Lancaster City
  • Shaw Lane
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  • Craig Carney Goal 49:00'
  • Rob Henry Sub On 70:00'
  • Sam Bailey Sub Off 70:00'
  • Melle Meulensteen Sub On 74:00'
  • Charlie Bailey Sub Off 74:00'
  • Kieran Lugsden Red Card 75:00'
  • Oliver Wood Yellow Card 80:00'
  • Hannu Tam Sub On 83:00'
  • Oliver Wood Sub Off 83:00'
  • Hannu Tam Goal 87:00'

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Shaw Lane
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League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
15. Nantwich Town 46 57
16. Hednesford Town 46 57
17. Lancaster City 46 55
18. Rushall Olympic 46 54
19. Marine 46 53
20. Coalville Town 46 52
21. Whitby Town 46 50

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