LANCASTER CITY made it two consecutive league victories for the first time since November 12 with a comfortable win against lowly Wakefield.
On a terrible pitch at Wakefield’s temporary home of Ossett Town’s quite comically named Stade France stadium the Dolly Blues were professional in victory, taking the lead with ease and defending adroitly to keep the play-offs in their sights.
It could have been a more emphatic and comfortable victory for City had they had their scoring boots on in the opening 15 minutes.
First Zach Clark raced into the box from a Simon Wills through ball but blazed wide before Joe Bunney and Tom Wood followed suit, spurning chances when both would have expected to do better.
It was Bunney who finally found the net and eased City’s frustration just before the half hour mark, but it was a dominant first-half performance that warranted more goals.
Ryan Elderton again takes all the plaudits in the build up, the left-back has been in dependable form this season and again showed his attacking determination as he chased a ball over the top from Alex Meaney, robbed full-back Jasim Alali on the by-line and pulled the ball back for Bunney in the box.
The young striker struck it well first time but Danny Trueman in the home net should have done better as it squirmed under his body.
Trueman was far more at fault for Simon Wills’ second just six minutes later.
A hopeful cross from Meaney on the left swirled towards his near post and looked easy pickings for the ’keeper.
He judged it, wrongly, to be going wide of his near post but it hit the upright and then the back of the beleaguered stopper before falling at the feet of Wills to score.
Despite showing a lot of energy and heart the Yorkshire side, without a league win since August, looked every bit the relegation candidate.
The second-half was an entirely different ball game. The home side transferred some of their energy and grit into ball retention and pressed City back into their half.
However, in similar fashion to the one-nil victory over Radcliffe, this looked a solid City defence and they easily rebuffed any and all attacks.
They limited them to one Josh Grant free-kick struck over the bar after Jack Duggan was adjudged to have hand-balled – a decision that looked harsh on Duggan
due to his distance from the ball and equally harsh on Wakefield as it appeared to be in the box.
Once again Alex Meaney was the star of the show, he is developing into a consummate midfielder – looking far more interested in the defensive side of the game in recent weeks – while his trickery and set-piece delivery hands the Dolly Blues a cutting edge in games.
City welcome play-off rivals Garforth Town to Giant Axe on Saturday, a mouth watering game that will also be a true test of the Dolly Blues’ form and aspirations.
Wakefield: Trueman, Alali, Thornton, Hudson, Bleau, Smith M, Moke, Grant, (Smith J 65), Sheriffe, Harding, Hardaker (Peskett 75)
Subs not used: Wallace, Kyriacou, Normaschild
Lancaster City: Fearon 7, Henry 6, Elderton 7, Duggan 7, Gregson 7, Kenyon 7, Clark 7, Wills 7 (Turner 80), Bunney 7 (Rothwell 69), Meaney 8, Wood 7
Subs not used: Dodgson, Egerton-Wilson, Swarbrick
Referee: N J Sharp
Starman: Alex Meaney – Another terrific performance, seemingly adding more strings to his bow every week