Lancaster City 0-2 Ossett Town

Ryan Winder battles for the ball against Ossett Town. Picture: Picture: Tony North
Ryan Winder battles for the ball against Ossett Town. Picture: Picture: Tony North
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Darren Peacock’s side fell to a disappointing second straight defeat against struggling Ossett Town after an underwhelming performance at Giant Axe.

Despite a fairly strong first-half showing, missed chances set the way for the visitors to pounce on defensive lapses and steal the points.

Early close-range chances for Matty Poole and Neil Marshall were both well-saved by visiting stopper Brad Dixon who had an excellent game for the Reds.

A very difficult playing surface made for a slow and largely lacklustre spectacle however with Nathan Curtis registering the only shot on goal for the visitors from distance that was well held by Mike Hale.

The action in the second half was even less pleasing on the eye as tired legs and ever increasing bobbles made any kind of flowing football impossible.

Both goals City conceded will be disappointing for coaches Peacock and Trevor Sinclair as both could have been so easily avoided.

Town’s first came from an out-swinging corner that Mike Hale could only parry into the path of winger Shelton Payne.

The midfielder was given time to take the ball down and accurately curl the ball through a crowded box into the back of the net.

If the first goal was poor to concede, the second was calamitous.

The Dollies back-line’ strung together a series of poor passes, with the final back-pass from Marshall to Hale bobbling over his foot with forward Joe Brennan pouncing to slide the ball into an empty net to wrap up the points with nine minutes remaining.

Tom Kilifin had arguably the best chance for either side in between the visitors’ goals, but couldn’t quite set himself when through on the goal with the pitch playing another huge part, as the striker could only hit tamely straight at Dixon in what could have been the leveller.

As the final whistle blew City were condemned to their eighth home defeat of the season with their poor home form looking to have ended any lingering hopes of a last-ditch play-off run.