Lancaster City kept up their pre-season momentum with a battling and deserved victory over Conference North side Workington.
A brace from striker Tom Kilifin and a Billy McKenna header coloured the score sheet but it was a diligent defensive display that caught the eye in the 3-1 win.
The Cumbrian outfit, with a pair of tricky wingers and a difficult centre-forward in captain Johnny Wright, posed plenty of first-half problems for the Dolly Blues but they stood firm to then attack quite ruthlessly.
Kilifin opened the scoring in brilliant fashion, a trademark crunching tackle from Simon Wills dropped the ball at the feet of Danny Mahoney; he carved out an assist of some style as he flicked and spun a ball into the path of Kilifin who advanced into the box to finish.
McKenna’s header was of a different breed, he surged and battled his way into the box, chipped the ‘keeper and then had to fight his way round him and a defender to nod it over the line.
Before and after they notched a goal Workington kept Danny McDonald busy with a series of shots from the edge of the box, none of which had him doing much more than scoop up a low ball.
Ben McKenna did leave City’s hearts in mouths as he found space in the box and curled an effort that clipped the post.
Their goal was of the highest order but left City captain Neil Marshall frustrated as he gave the ball away yards out of his own box, it found it’s way to McKenna whose cross was bent brilliantly to the back post for Wright to simply finish.
Returning right-back Rob Henry, who finds himself back at Giant Axe after a season playing for Bamber Bridge, put in a typically diligent display at right-back and Marshall was otherwise commanding and in control with stand-in centre-back Gavin Clark alongside him.
Kilifin’s second featured a cameo from promising City U18 winger Chris Zueswicki who flew off the bench and attacked with gusto, he neatly set-up City’s former U18 top scorer in Kilifin to net with aplomb.
In typical pre-season fashion the second half was stilted and a bit ragged but in the face of a stiff fight back City would not relent.
More youngsters in Jordan Armstrong and Rob Walker entered the fray to impress with their touch and confidence while Kilifin took his bow to great applause to allow Chris Liley another chance to impress.
This was a stern test for the Dolly Blues which they passed; their next examination is against Dave Bayliss’ Barrow on Tuesday night at Giant Axe.
Lancaster City: McDonald, Henry, Elderton, Marshall, Clark, McKenna (Zueswicki), Wills (Walker), Mahoney (Akrigg), Winder, Kilifin (Liley), Jackson
Star man: Tom Kilifin - A good all-round performance and a fine brace