Dolly Blues’ reserve side on the up

Lancaster City's reserve team boss Ian Hughes.
Lancaster City's reserve team boss Ian Hughes.

Lancaster City reserves have enjoyed a fine start to the season and are currently holding their own in the top four of the league.

An opening defeat to a strong, well organised FC United team was followed by a win against Hyde United at home.

Stockport County brought a very strong side, including five regular first-teame players and beat City 2-0 in the cup in early September.

They returned a week later with their regular squad and took a 2-0 lead only for City to secure the draw with goals from Josh Wardle and the elusive Reece Pearce.

New Mills were the next visitors to Giant Axe and were beaten 4-2 with Simon Wearing and Pearce scoring two each.

With Wearing now fully recovered from his early season scare, along with Tom Woods, City had two real goalscorers.

The Dolly Blues next picked up a 2-1 win over AFC Fylde with Lewis Plackett impressing in central defence.

The 5-2 defeat at home to Staylbridge was out of character but City bounced back with victory over Nelson.

Woods hit a hat-trick in that game and repeated the feet in the 3-2 win over Workington the following week.

A battling 2-1 win away at Hyde moved City into the top three with Woods scoring the winner after Chilufya put City into the lead with a stunning free-kick in the first half.

The players are a mix of those from last year’s side who continue to develop, players from Bolton School who City begin to forge strong links with and those who play Saturday football for a host of local clubs including Carnforth, Caton, Cartmel and Slyne.