AN 86th minute free-kick denied Lancaster City their first ever Evo-Stik league win at Trafford and the chance to gain ground on their promotion rivals.
A quality first half free-kick from Alex Kenyon was cancelled out by an equally impressive set piece effort from Trafford’s Joseph Shaw as City will look back on the game as a disappointing two points dropped.
The opening exchanges produced few clear chances with only Martin Fearon in the City goal keeping the game level tipping over a quality looping shot from Warren Collier in spectacular fashion.
Former Salford City keeper Andy Robertson in the Trafford goal could only watch a headed effort from Jack Duggan sail narrowly over the bar in City’s best chance before they took the lead.
Dave Swarbrick’s pace won the Dolly Blues a free kick on the right-hand corner of the Trafford penalty area and Kenyon stepped up to rifle a shot into the far corner from 20 yards to give City the lead going into half-time.
The second 45 was a less even half with City edging the game in every area of the pitch whilst lacking the killer instinct in the final third.
Swarbrick was guilty of missing City’s best two chances cutting in superbly from the right wing twice, his first effort produced a fine reaction save from Robertson down low to his left and his second a few minutes later was charged down well by Robertson with the City striker electing to shoot when an extra touch would have seen him round Robertson with an empty net ahead.
Lancaster defended well throughout the half and limited Trafford to long range attempts that never tested Fearon until an 86th minute cross struck the arm of Danny Gregson and the referee awarded a free kick on the edge of the City penalty area.
Joseph Shaw stepped up quickly to curl a shot past a surprised Fearon to give Trafford a late equaliser that they managed to defend into the final minutes with City unable to mount a credible stoppage time chance.
City will be looking to continue their unbeaten run of three games when they take on Wakefield at Giant Axe this Saturday.
Lancaster City: Fearon 6, Edgerton-Wilson 6, Gregson 6, Duggan 6, Elderton 6, Swarbrick 5, Kenyon 6, Carney 7, Hall 5, Dodgson 4, Hattersley 5
Key man: Craig Carney. His energy and creativity in midfield have been missed during his suspension.