Lancaster City journeyed to Wales on Saturday and came away with a draw after an impressive display against Bangor City.
In the spectacular setting of the Book People Stadium sat next to the Menai Strait the Dolly Blues matched their Welsh Premier League opponents with the 1-1 scoreline a fair one.
The action was remarkably fast-paced in continuing July sunshine with the home side looking dangerous in the opening exchanges with all their good work coming through striker Les Davies.
The Welsh men deservedly took the lead through wide man Peter Hoy who struck a brilliant drilled effort from the right into Danny McDonald’s top corner.
The returning City stopper put in a solid display, particularly in a frantic opening half hour that saw Bangor pepper his box with crosses but they found him in good form, his best save denying Davies a brilliant headed effort at the back post.
For their part the Dolly Blues had their chances, the best of which fell to Billy Akrigg.
After a wonderful team move saw the ball shunted out to Simon Wearing he crossed perfectly for Akrigg to take first time on the run, advance into the box and see a low shot saved.
Akrigg stepped into Garry Hunter’s midfield berth and excelled, looking confident on the ball and using it well; he made a good case for his place in the starting eleven even if it may come on the right as opposed to his preferred middle.
The show, however, was stolen by midfielder Danny Mahoney who not only put in a commanding shift in the middle of the park but strolled through the home defence to level the score in style.
With both sides making changes the game had stretched and Mahoney found himself in space 30 yards or so out, with options left and right he instead glided past three defenders and into the box where he had the audacity to float a flat chip over the advancing ‘keeper and in, a terrific goal.
Billy McKenna added to the drama late on as the Dolly Blues took control and looked for a winner; his chance quite ridiculously hit both posts, deflected off a prone ‘keeper and squirted out.
This was a brilliant test for a growing Dolly Blue squad and they ran good opposition all the way and looked a well drilled unit in doing so.
Lancaster City: McDonald (Miller), Wills (Allsopp), Hudson, Elderton, Marshall, Wearing (McKenna), Akrigg, Mahoney, Kilifin (Jones), Taylor (Liley), Jackson.
Star man: Danny Mahoney - Ran close by Akrigg, but his goal would win awards on its own