LANCASTER City kicked off their pre-season campaign with a defeat at home to Barrow.
It was an encouraging start from the Dolly Blues who competed well for long periods against the side from the Blue Square Bet Premier before Adam Boyes’ left-footed shot ten minutes from time gave the visitors the victory.
City, who included the returning Lee Dodgson and Ryan Elderton in their starting line-up, as well as debutant Craig Carney, started brightly, with Dodgson looking especially bright.
City’s best early chance came from an Alex Meaney corner, with Barrow goalkeeper Danny Hirst forced to tip Neil Marshall’s header over the crossbar.
But The Bluebirds always looked dangerous on the break and had soon struck Martin Fearon’s right-hand post and should have troubled the City stopper more when through on goal.
On the quarter hour Fearon was forced to tip over another shot and a couple of minutes later saw a curling left foot shot go just wide after a slick passing move.
Barrow, who fielded a different team in each half, continued to press, and after Fearon punched a right-wing cross straight in the air under pressure, skipper Marshall was forced to acrobatically bicycle kick the ball clear to keep the scores level.
The most worrying moment for City came five minutes before the break, as Dodgson was taken off as a precaution and replaced by Alex Johnson.
City’s best chance of the game came just five minutes after the half-time interval.
See the full report in this week’s Lancaster Guardian (14-07-11).