Lancaster City fired themselves into third place with a comfortable win over visitors Prescot Cables on Tuesday night.
The Dolly Blues’ unbeaten run was rarely in danger of being tarnished as they dominated possession and silenced a team that had scored seven goals the previous Saturday.
The goals came from a Neil Marshall header and another late delight from Danny Mahoney but it was City’s neat play, particularly in the opening exchanges and in the second half, which caught the eye.
They kept and moved the ball brilliantly and had more than enough solidity at the back.
Ryan Elderton, again playing in an advanced position on the left wing, had the ball in the net after just five minutes but his header was rightly ruled off for offside.
The false start seemed to kick the visitors into life and they put in their best spell of the game but rarely troubled Michael Hale in the City net.
Prescot’s reliance on wide play and crosses literally played into the former Fleetwood man’s hands as he dominated his box and plucked ball after ball out of the air.
His opposite number, former Manchester United and Radcliffe Borough ‘keeper Nick Culkin, showed similar dominance until Elderton provided a cross that he simply could not touch.
He curled a terrific corner in from the right at the perfect pace and height to cause problems and his skipper met it brilliantly, Marshall’s third of the season.
The chances for the Dolly Blues didn’t really flow until the second half and then they were somewhat wasted.
Garry Hunter hit a trio of efforts over the bar from the edge of the box while Tom Kilifin kept up his good form from Saturday in taking up good positions in the box without managing to push past a decent defence.
Kilifin did create a decent opportunity after finding space on the left hand side of the box but drilled an effort into the side netting with Culkin beaten.
Simon Wills also had a terrific chance after a flowing move down the right, he continued his run and found himself in space in the box but pulled his shot just wide.
It took until the 83rd minute for City to make the scoreline comfortable when substitute Ryan Winder expertly crossed for Mahoney to deftly drop a side-footed shot into the bottom corner from eight yards out.
Lancaster City: Hale 7, Wills 8, Steel 7, Marshall 7, Clark 7, Mahoney 6, Akrigg 6 (Winder 74), Hunter 7, Kilifin 6, Jackson 7 (Wearing 86), Elderton 7. Subs not used: Hudson, Miller, Liley
Prescot Cables: Culkin, Beattie, Lynch, Murphy, Shinks, Bannister, McCulloch, Smith, Gratton (Kusaloka 66), McCarthy (Parish 78), Myler. Subs not used: Cairns, Dempsey, Lowton
Referee: Craig Buxton
Star man: Simon Wills - A really solid display and some surging runs forward.