Lancaster City 1-2 Cammell Laird

Ryan Winder.
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Lancaster City slumped to their third home league defeat in succession on Saturday as their season continued to draw to an uninspiring close.

Former Morecambe youngster Ryan Winder’s first goal for the club was about the only highlight of the afternoon as ex-Dolly Blue Tony Sullivan saw his Cammell Laird side complete the double over his former side.

With Giant Axe bathed in Spring sunshine there were two bright sparks in the game, one for each team, with young midfielder Winder shining for City along with Laird’s attacking winger Joe Holt.

Sadly these were about the only memorable performances of a game that had a distinct end of season feel.

In the only real chance of the opening exchanges, Tom Kilifin’s cross-come-shot nearly surprised Laird ‘keeper Keith Atherton, who had to quickly backtrack to save smartly.

On the half-hour mark Chris McGann split the City defence with a great through ball and Joe Holt lifted the ball over the on-rushing Danny McDonald to open the scoring.

The lead lasted only 10 minutes though as Winder opened his Dolly Blues account.

Kilifin played the youngster through on goal on the right side of the box and the midfielder produced a composed side-footed finish into the top-left corner.

The game crept into half-time level, with neither side setting the world alight.

Entertainment wise, the second half wasn’t much better.

Sullivan’s visitors retook the lead five minutes after the restart when Holt cut inside Ryan Elderton to smash the ball past McDonald from the edge of the box.

And sadly for the majority of those in attendance the lead never really looked in doubt.

Despite plenty of City pressure, the only noteworthy chance fell again to the impressive Winder.

His diving header on the hour mark was just wide of the right-hand post and that was about all the Dolly Blues created in a rather forgettable fixture.

This Saturday, caretaker boss Mick Hoyle takes his side to Ramsbottom United who have plenty to play for sitting in the final Evo-Stik First Division North play-off place.
But perhaps Hoyle, also the club’s director of football and chief executive, will carry out his most important work off the field this week as he continues his hunt for new manager at Giant Axe.

Lancaster City: McDonald 6, Winters 6, Gregson 6, Marshall 6, Elderton 5, Winder 7, Wills 5, Clark 5, McKenna 5, Kilifin 5, Green 5.

Star man: Ryan Winder