Two goals from Dave Swarbrick helped a clinical Lancaster City avenge early season defeats against struggling Wakefield on Saturday.
The striker’s six-minute brace gave The Dolly Blues a perfect platform to get their first win since the departure of joint bosses Neil Wainwright and Michael Stringfellow.
The home side did pull a goal back within a minute of the second half but caretaker boss Mick Hoyle saw his side hang on, putting memories of last week’s dramatic late collapse against Ossett Town to bed.
The unforgiving Belle Vue ground rugby surface did neither side any favours but City nearly got off to a flying start when defender turned midfielder Rory Winters volleyed over from six yards out.
But Swarbrick soon put the Dolly Blues ahead with a trademark wonder strike on 13 minutes.
Collecting the ball 40 yards out the striker hit a looping shot that curled beautifully over home ‘keeper Neil Bennett to find the top-right corner of the net. The goal of the season candidate was followed up by a second goal shortly after on 19 minutes.
Simon Wills cleverly back-heeled a great pass to set Swarbrick in on goal and he hit a low drive past Bennett to put City in the driving seat.
He then had a chance for a hat-trick before half-time but he sliced a volley into the stands as City cruised into the break two goals to the good.
With the events of Ossett’s comeback clearly fresh in the minds, things got incredibly nervy in the second half when the visitors took just 60 seconds to half the deficit.
Bears winger Lee Turner’s close-range header pegged City back into their half for the early stages of the second half, with Danny McDonald called into one great save to deny a long-range effort from striker Fernando Moke.
Lancaster settled any nerves however and restored their two-goal advantage with a quarter of an hour to play.
Danny Gregson took advantage of some poor marking to flick Darren Green’s free-kick over a stranded Bennett to give the visitors some breathing space.
The unusually quiet Green then added some gloss to the final scoreline with a fine goal on the stroke of 90 minutes.
A sublime touch to take Swarbrick’s pass around defender Darren Thornton was finished with a composed shot across Bennett into the far corner to wrap up all three points.
Lancaster City: McDonald 7, Hudson 7, Gregson 8, Marshall 8, Elderton 7, Wills 7, Winder 7, Winters 7, Dodgson 7 (McKenna 85), Swarbrick 8, Green 7. Subs not used: Clark, Fielding, Kelly, Harding.
Star man: Dave Swarbrick - Two top drawer goals to set City on their way.