The Dolly Blues came out of their clash at Wakefield on the right side of a thirteen goal thriller that saw some fantastic end to end action and very clinical finishing to create the final unbelievable scoreline at Belle Vue.
Simon Wearing and Ryan Winder each scored within a minute early in the first half, as the City frontline made light work of some atrocious Wakefield defending.
Two composed finishes from the promising young duo, created by two inch perfect passes from Simon wills, gave City a 2-0 lead on 19 minutes.
Just two minutes later Wakefield top scorer Rob Bordman showed why he’s raising eyebrows around the league as he created a goal out of nothing to halve the Bears’ deficit after a powerful drive from the edge of the box.
Winder found particular joy down the right flank and when his shot cannoned off the bar Danny Mahoney skilfully hit the rebound on the volley to give ‘keeper Sam Dobbs no chance.
Rob Bordman hit a sweet curling free kick into the top corner to again reduce the deficit to a single goal, but Lancaster had other ideas with Winder at the heart of almost every City attack.
The pacey winger broke another poor offside trap late in the half and squared a ball across the box to Mahoney who rifled a shot into the roof of the net.
Just before half time it was five as Winder raced through again, this time taking it on his own to neatly dispatch the ball past Dodds.
The second half began at a much slower and familiar pace for the opening ten minutes but as the heavens opened, the football floodgates opened once again.
Glenn Steel’s stray pass was intercepted by Bears’ full back Ross Hardaker who dinked over Hale to make it 5-3 in the first of a trio of goals in as many minutes.
Steel didn’t waste any time in making amends as his powerful header found the net from Winder’s corner and City’s three goal lead was restored before Tom Kilifin decided it was time to get his name on the scoresheet.
The returning Rob Henry played a neat interchange with Winder before drilling a low cross for Kilifin to hit a net-busting first time shot that gave Dodds no chance.
On 76 minutes Wakefield midfielder John Douglas hit a low strike from distance which Hale got a glove to but only to help it on its way to the back of the net.
Nine minutes later when Dodds couldn’t keep hold of Simon Wearing’s effort from the edge of the box Kilifin netted the rebound from three yards to bring the score to 8-4.
Late in added time Gavin Clark’s surging run created the opportunity for Kilifin to seal his hat-trick and the striker turned winger finished with aplomb from just inside the box to bring the final scoreline to 9-4.
Lancaster City: Hale 6, Henry 6, Steel 7 (Thompson 84), Marshall 6, Clark 6, Winder 10, Wills 8 (Hudson 86), Walker 8 (Akrigg 76), Kilifin 9, Mahoney 9, Wearing 8
Unused subs: MacDonald
Star man: Ryan Winder – Two goals and three assists. Stand out.