Dolly Blues end year on high with Ossett victory

Jordan Connerton celebrates opening the scoring for Lancaster City with Ryan Winder.
Jordan Connerton celebrates opening the scoring for Lancaster City with Ryan Winder.

Lancaster City picked up a fantastic three points on Saturday after a top-class 2-1 victory over in-form Ossett Town.

The visiting side came to Giant Axe confident and aggressive but the Dolly Blues took the lead and faced down some bullying tactics to fire back and deserve the win in a terrific second-half display.

Smart finishes from strikers Jordan Connerton and Mark Jackson proved to be the difference but all over the park City stood up to be counted under serious pressure.

The Yorkshire side were physical, tough tackling and aggressive but City are no shrinking violets and top performances from Garry Hunter, Simon Wills and centre-backs Glenn Steel and Gavin Clark proved they were up for the fight.

The Dolly Blues took the lead after just four minutes when young winger Josh Donnelly crossed well for Connerton to take an exquisite first touch and finish.

It seemed to open the floodgates for wave after wave of attack from the visitors but City held firm.

The equaliser came at a dangerous time, just about the last touch of the half, as defender Ryan Qualter cruised in at the back post unmarked from a corner to head home.

It could well have broken the Dolly Blues’ spirit but they were undeterred and came out with the same tempo and spirit as the first 45 with more of their usual passing verve and style.

They put together some good looking moves and coupled with some determined defending and some typically fantastic saves from ‘keeper Mike Hale - one in particular to deny a close range header that was just looping under the bar was first rate - seemed to guarantee the points.

They took the lead in style as Jackson picked up a Donnelly pass on the edge of the box, made space with a first touch and hit a shot off the post and in, a lovely finish.

They could, and should have sealed the victory in style as substitutes Simon Wearing and Rob Walker both came close.

Walker, on for the injured Wills, was brilliant, a real breath of fresh air in a packed central midfield.

His first touch seemed to get him out of trouble every time and he did not lose the ball, his dipping low shot from range had the visiting ‘keeper in trouble as he scrambled it just wide.

Wearing looked sharp too and probably should have scored from a free header just on the six yard box but it mattered not as the Dolly Blues ended 2013 on a high.

Lancaster City: Hale 8, Henry 7, Elderton 7, Steel 8, Clark 8, Hunter 7, Wills 7 (Walker 70), Winder 7, Connerton 7, Jackson 7 (Wearing 80), Donnelly 7. Subs not used: Millar, Akrigg, Hudson

Attendance: 220

Star man: Gavin Clark - Classy and determined. A top-class defensive display