Lancaster City put in arguably their best performance of the season as they beat league leaders Warrington Town in blustery conditions at Giant Axe Saturday.
Despite going a goal down to the table toppers the Dolly Blues out-passed, out-fought and out-thought their opponents to take all three points.
While City used the driving wind to their advantage in the first half and then had the sense to play football on the deck into it in the second the visitors looked bereft of ideas and their brand of long ball football was never going to work.
They took the lead against the run of play in some style however as Aaron Bowen hit a pin-point cross for Cieran Kilheeney to head home on 22 minutes.
The lead was short lived as 15 minutes later Simon Wills rounded off a terrific team move after Jordan Connerton showed composure in the box to set him up.
Connerton was excellent but he was not the only one, to a man the Dolly Blues not only scrapped and harried but also executed their game plan; it was not rocket science but the Wire could not cope.
City hung balls up in the box aided and abetted by the fierce wind and the visiting ‘keeper was in all sorts of trouble, he spilled two shots from range from Tom Kilfin and Ryan Elderton and took fully 30 minutes to work out that his goal kicks should be going short to his full backs and not into the fierce wind.
Going in level at the break and set to play into the gale force winds City may have feared the worst for the second 45 but an early Connerton strike did enough to settle their nerves.
His first touch and turn was superb inside the box to create just enough space to strike, his finish was unerring and if this is the former Crewe Alexandra striker on his way back to full fitness after groin injuries then defences have been warned.
Wills was a tour-de-force for City in central midfield, not only did he shut down his opposite number at every occasion he was superb on the ball too, one mazy run complete with tricks and pace saw him play in Kilifin who shot wide.
For their part and despite their height advantage Warrington could not adapt their game to the conditions, they over hit pass after pass and the wind duly rushed it out for throw-ins or goal kicks to the Dolly Blues. This was a day for intelligent football and they were found lacking.
Mike Hale in the City net showcased just how good a stopper he is. He was assisted by defenders willing to take the ball short so he did not have to kick many into the wind but his aerial work is second to none even in testing conditions such as these and his save to deny Kilheeney a second just after the hour mark was tremendous.
The visiting striker was allowed space to let the ball drop in the City box and he looped a volley towards the top corner only to see Hale arch his back and tip it wide for a corner, which he then duly cleared out of his box. A top display.
City sealed the points with five minutes left on the clock after substitute Simon Wearing whipped in a cross for Mark Jackson to head home from close in.
The Dolly Blues enter the Christmas period and tough games against Curzon Ashton, Kendal Town and Burscough with the wind in their sails after an excellent team display.
Lancaster City: Hale 9, Henry (Hudson 5, 8), Elderton 8, Steel 9, Clark 8, Wills 9, Hunter 8, Akrigg 7, Connerton 9 (Wearing 81), Jackson 8, Kilifin 8. Subs not used: Millar, Taylor, Donnelly.
Star man: Simon Wills - It could have been the whole eleven, but Wills was again superb