Padiham 0-0 Lancaster City

Danny Mahoney challenge's Padiham's Thomas Bradley. Picture: Anthony Farran.
Danny Mahoney challenge's Padiham's Thomas Bradley. Picture: Anthony Farran.
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Lancaster City remained unbeaten with a battling point at Padiham on Saturday.

The Evo-Stik First Division North new boys were familiar to the Dolly Blues having dumped them out of the Lancashire Trophy last season in a dismal display on a miserable November night.

Saturday, however, proved a chance to erase any demons and continue their unbeaten streak.

Whilst the Dolly Blues may have taken a hard-fought point, they left East Lancashire feeling like two points had been dropped.

The visitors had the majority of possession as Padiham spent most of the game camped in their own half.

Only a couple of times did the hosts look like being broken down by a City side that knocked on the door for 90 minutes but couldn’t find the breakthrough.

Early in the first half it was Mark Jackson who tested ‘keeper Sean Davies with a stinging shot from the edge of the box in a rare shot on goal.

The closest the visitors came to breaking the deadlock was mid-way through the first half when Neil Marshall got on the end of a goalmouth scramble, only to see his effort blocked on the line as Padiham dug in.

City stopper Danny MacDonald only had one real save to make early in the second half, getting down quickly to comfortably save from striker Kieran Pickup after a quick counter attack.

City passed the ball around nicely but the narrow pitch and compact defensive unit in front of them proved too much on the day.

As the game wore on to an inevitable goalless draw, Lancaster can at least be thankful that, despite not being at their best, they’re still collecting points in games that in recent years would have seen them leave empty handed.

Lancaster City: MacDonald 7, Hudson 6, Steel 7, Marshall 7, Elderton 6, Winder 7 (Akrigg), Mahoney 6 (Wills), Hunter 8, Kilifin 7, Taylor 6, Jackson 6 (Wearing). Subs not used: Clark, Millar

Star man: Garry Hunter - The key cog in City’s midfield domination.