Brighouse Town 1-3 Lancaster City

Lancaster City surround Brighouse Town's Ernest Boafo on Saturday.
Lancaster City surround Brighouse Town's Ernest Boafo on Saturday.
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The Dolly Blues returned to winning ways on Saturday overcoming an early second-half setback to record a comfortable victory at Brighouse Town.

After last week’s disappointing result City were playing on the front foot, passing the ball around nicely despite a less than perfect playing surface at St Giles Road.

Despite the bright start, it was the visitors who nearly took the lead in the opening 10 minutes.

Ernest Boafo picked up a stray pass and hit a long distance shot that Mike Hale had to stretch to palm away to safety.

For City, Gavin Clark was the first to test the hosts’ keeper Jordan Porter with a fine strike from the edge of the box that was tipped around the far post.

From the resultant corner Lancaster took a deserved lead. A short corner was played to the feet of Garry Hunter to play a perfect back-post cross to Neil Marshall to head in unmarked to open the scoring.

A dipping volley from Clark that hit the roof of the net was the closest City came to extending their lead in a first half that they dominated.

The second half saw the hosts flying out the traps after a dismal first-half display, and took the game to the Dolly Blues in the opening exchanges of the period. Four minutes after the restart and Brighouse were level. A defence splitting pass saw Thomas Matthews racing in on goal to fire a powerful effort over Mike Hale into the far left corner.

Despite the setback, Darren Peacock’s side grew back in the game, with Tom Kilifin stinging Porter’s gloves from a tight angle as City pressed for a winner.

Ryan Winder was controversially halted when through on goal for offside, despite the flagged Matty Poole not interfering with play, before the visitors were handed the chance to win it 17 minutes from time.

Kilifin was brought down by Porter just inside the box with Winder coolly converting the spot kick to regain the lead.

Lancaster added the gloss late on after some terrific footwork from Billy Akrigg won a free kick on the edge of the Town box.

Kilifin’s set piece cross found the head of Jacob Davis at the back post to hit home and seal the deserved points for a much-improved performance.

Lancaster City: Hale 7, Bailey 7, Davis 8, Marshall 8 (Freeland 85). Hudson 8, Winder 7, Hunter 8 (Pearce 75), Akrigg 7, Poole 7 (Woods 79), Kilifin 7, Clark 8. Subs not used: Donlon, Birch

Star Man: Gavin Clark – Excelled in an advanced midfield role.