Striker Aaron Taylor returned to Lancaster City in style with a last-gasp winner at Cammell Laird on Saturday.
The former Morecambe man came off the bench to seal victory after Jordan Connerton had starred for the Dolly Blues in a feisty game on Merseyside, scoring the first and setting up the second.
Starting his second game back with City, Connerton opened his account inside the opening 90 seconds.
Tom Kilifin, continuing to be a revelation on the left wing, provided the cross for the former Crewe Alexandra striker to flick over ‘keeper Mike Langley to kick-start the visitors into an early lead.
Lancaster had chances to improve their lead, playing with confidence and controlling the early stages of the game.
Connerton’s lobbed effort from the edge of the box beat Langley but bounced agonisingly wide of the post and Kilifin fired into the side netting from the right side of the area.
The hosts drew level on 17 minutes however when Laird striker Craig Cairns hit a powerful shot from a low cross that Mike Hale got a hand to but couldn’t stop finding the back of the net.
City wasted little time in striking back, Connerton turning provider on 25 minutes, whipping in a cross for Simon Wills to head home with gusto and restore the lead at 2-1.
A couple of half chances fell to Lancaster towards the end of the first half with the most notable for Glenn Steel who rose well but headed over the bar from Billy Akrigg’s corner.
Taylor was introduced on the hour mark, replacing Simon Wearing who had to be taken off after a reckless challenge from Freddie Potter, who was shown a yellow card by referee Richard Aspinall.
As the physicality of the game intensified City began to shrink into their own half and eventually the hosts equalised on 71 minutes.
Paul Lundon hit a speculative shot from all of 35 yards which deflected off the left boot of Steel almost perfectly into the bottom right corner.
City grew as the game wore on into the final minutes but the game came to a clattering halt when Kilifin’s 90th minute break away was halted by a two-footed challenge from Steve Ferrigan that drew a crowd of irate players.
Referee Aspinall brandished a yellow card to Lancaster’s dismay but they weren’t unhappy for long.
The resultant free-kick found Taylor in space on the penalty spot to stroke the ball past Langley into the top right corner to seal all three points with virtually the last kick off the game.
Lancaster City: Hale 7, Henry 7, Steel 6, Clark 7, Elderton 6, Akrigg 7, Wills 7, Hunter 7, Kilifin 8, Connerton 8 (Donnelly 74), Wearing 7 (Taylor 68). Subs not used: Walker, Millar, Hudson
Star man: Jordan Connerton - Off the mark with a goal and assist.