LANCASTER CITY’S in-form striker Dave Swarbrick was on the mark again to help the Dolly Blues to a win over Wakefield on Saturday.
Swarbrick’s second-minute strike was doubled before the break by Mike Rushton before Danny South hit back for the visitors.
A poor second 45 was not helped by a fussy official who as good as told Wakefield player-manager Steve Nicholson to haul off his central midfielder Adam Jones before he sent him off.
Any fears of this being a dull, nothing to play for-type end of season clash were put to bed with the opening goal, a gift for Swarbrick from Wakefield defender Marc Roberts.
A Sam Nightingale cross was knocked into Roberts path by Rushton but he dropped it nicely at Swarbrick’s feet for him to slide it under Jan Zolna in the Wakefield net.
The big visiting ‘keeper made three routine saves before he was beaten again, Max Rothwell and Swarbrick both hit tame shots low at his feet before Neil Marshall crashed a left-footed shot towards the top corner that he plucked out of the air.
At the other end City were not particularly troubled as Nightingale in particular epitomised their defensive efficiency, with most of the awy side’s efforts coming from range.
Dave Rodgerson, standing in for Martin Fearon in the City net, was beaten twice by very different efforts from Wayne Shooter and Laurence Hunter with the woodwork coming to his aid on both occasions.
First Hunter crashed a left-footed effort against the bar before Shooter found space on the right to curl a cross towards the back post that whipped in and flew off the foot of the post.
He and the woodwork were beaten just before the break as Danny South, after Hunter had his legs clipped by Max Rothwell just inside the box, dispatched a penalty into his bottom-right corner.
Visiting captain Wes Milnes had a good chance to grab his players a deserved point late on as he rose well in the box but headed a out-swinging corner onto the bar which City scrambled away.
Billy McKenna was once again in fine fettle for the Dolly Blues, terrorising the visiting defence throughout, the lightening quick winger has found some great form as the season draws to a close.
Lancaster City: Rodgerson 5, Wilson S 7 (Henry 68), Nightingale 8, Marshall 7, Duggan 7, Kenyon 6 (Wilson R 68), Rushton 7 (Hall 68), Rothwell 7, Swarbrick 7, Johnson 6, McKenna 8
Sub not used: Fearon
Wakefield: Zolna, Kane, Tonks, Roberts, Milnes, McGuire, Shooter (Edwards 65), Jones (Ferguson 56), South, Kyricou (Denton 83), Hunter
Subs not used: Nicholson, Morris
Referee: Simeon Lucas
Star man: Billy McKenna: A threat throughout and has found a good final ball to match his excellent approach play.