A RIP-ROARING derby in the fourth round of the Doodson Cup saw a pair of ex-City favourites send Kendal Town through to the Quarter finals.
Ex-Dolly striker Mark Jackson dispatched the winning spot-kick as a six goal thriller petered out in extra-time and was decided by the roulette of penalties.
After starting brightly and taking the lead when Zach Clark raced on to a Danny Hattersley flick into the box to score, the Dolly Blues lost their shape and control as they conceded three goals in eight minutes to go in at the break 3-1 down.
There was more than a hint of offside for Peter Wright’s equaliser as his shot from the edge of the box crept through Ashley Dunn’s legs and past Martin Fearon in the City net; both Dunn and Farrell looked to be in offside positions and obscuring Fearon’s vision.
The second was a frustrating one to swallow for City’s defence; they were hit on the counter far too easily after Ryan Elderton had hit the bar with a delightful chip.
Perhaps his teammates were admiring his effort too closely as the ball travelled through the middle to Farrell.
He cruised past two defenders to enter the box and neatly side-foot into the bottom corner.
There was nothing anyone could have done about Kendal’s third as Kevin Leadbetter struck the goal of the match with a superb volleyed effort from 25 yards which struck the underside of the bar and bounced in.
In-demand striker Hattersley was inevitably the man to fire them back into the tie.
His six minute brace – the second a well-struck penalty and he later converted his effort in the shootout – takes the young forward to 21 goals for the season and adds extra emphasis to his importance for the rest of the campaign.
His first was a neat finish on the turn just inside the box. He found himself there again on ninety minutes. He was unmarked to finish for the win, but on that occasion Lee Dodgson’s cross slid through his legs as he lost his footing.
Extra-time beckoned and as both sides tired the game inevitably got scrappy, City looked the more energetic and had a golden chance to win it as Hattersley fed Clark in the box but his first time shot was headed off the line by Rory Winters.
Evidently the most tired man on the pitch was referee David Underwood.
The man in black had already had a difficult night – only booking Kendal ’keeper Tom Newton for bringing down Hattersley when through on goal was one dubious decision – and it only got worse as the minutes ticked by.
On 116 minutes, with four still to play, he had obviously had enough and blew up for full-time, cue uproar from both benches and the crowd as people pointed to their watches and Mr Underwood gave his a metaphorical shake.
The game was restarted and with a minute to go he flounced into action again to send off Joe Bunney.
The England Schoolboy international ran into the box alongside Shaun Gray and they both attacked the ball, Bunney appeared to slip and momentum brought both players together. A harsh decision at best.
It was Alex Kenyon who missed from twelve yards as his drilled effort was excellently saved by Newton in the Kendal net to allow Jackson the chance to win it. He coolly sent Fearon the wrong way and decided a brilliant tie in the cruellest fashion.
Lancaster City: Fearon 6, Henry 6, Elderton 7, Duggan 7, Marshall 7, Kenyon 8, Wills 6, Meaney 6 (Bunney 93), Clark 7, Hattersley 7, Wood 6 (Dodgson 45)
Subs not used: Egerton-Wilson, Gregson
Kendal Town: Newton, Winters, Williams (Jackson 68), Gray, Joseph, Wisdom, Donnelly, Farrell, Wright (Kilifin 62), Dunn, Leadbetter
Subs not used: Kilford, Tucker, Dootson
Referee: David Underwood
STARMAN: Alex Kenyon – Superb throughout, a rock in the middle of the park.