THE Dolly Blues left this Valentine’s Day date empty handed at Warrington Town after missing out on the chance to build on their great win against Farsley and jump to sixth place.
A shaky defence without suspended skipper Neil Marshall leaked four goals on a cold Tuesday night, as Tony Hesketh’s side crashed to defeat against the mid-table Yellows.
City were never at the races from the kick-off and it took just six minutes for Warrington to open the scoring.
A mistake from Jack Duggan surrendered possession to the hosts deep in the City half and Wire striker Rob Hardwick was left with a simple task of poking home a low shot past Martin Fearon.
An even, scrappy and handbag filled affair followed the opener with City feeling they could and should have been level going into half-time.
Alex Meaney’s lofted through ball was chested down perfectly by Danny Hattersley who opted for power over placement and his shot hit the bar before being cleared.
The Dolly Blues luck with penalties continued to frustrate Hesketh who was irate when late in the second half only a corner was given when winger Zach Clark was brought down in the box.
Any hopes of a quick City revival after the interval were smashed after just four minutes when the hosts doubled their lead.
A superb one-two set Dale Wright through on goal and the forward placed his shot past Fearon into the bottom right corner.
Ten minutes later and a sorry looking City were three down.
Lee Madin had the easy task of flicking a header into a gaping net after finding himself unmarked at the near post and the game as a contest was over.
Warrington added a gloss to their good performance with a classy forth goal, with River Humphreys hitting a cross on the volley first time into the roof of the net from 16 yards.
City’s only real chance of the second half fell to Dave Swarbrick five minutes from time who blazed wide from ten yards out with the goal at his mercy.
A real game to forget for City and a disappointing loss after the fantastic performance against Farsley. Unable to adapt to the difficult pitch and without a shot on goal all game, this game felt all too much like a step in the wrong direction.
A quick bounce back at Giant Axe on Saturday against another in-form side in Radcliffe Borough will be vital to get back to winning form.
Lancaster City: Fearon 5, Henry 6, Duggan 5 (Edgerton-Wilson 85), Gregson 6, Elderton 5, Clark 6, Kenyon 5, Wills 5 (Swarbrick 56), Dodgson 5 (Wood 56), Meaney 6, Hattersley 5. Subs not used: Rothwell, Rogerson.