Farsley 2-1 Lancaster City

Lancaster City head coach Darren Peacock.
Lancaster City head coach Darren Peacock.

It was an unlucky 13th trip to Yorkshire for Lancaster City as their fantastic winning record in the White Rose county came to a halt in Farsley after 12 consecutive victories.

In a largely even game at Throstles Nest, a controversial second-half penalty was the turning point as the Dolly Blues missed out on the chance to leapfrog the Villagers in the race for the play-offs.

Either side of the penalty two almost identical goals for both sides were the only chances to find the net in a closely-fought contest.

Jordan Connerton returned to the City front line for the first time since the play-off final defeat in 2010 but chances for either side were almost non-existent.

The poor playing surface made it impossible for either side to play passing football and both teams were left wanting in the final third for the majority of the 90 minutes.

It was the Dolly Blues who drew first blood on 20 minutes and, just as against Northwich last time out, it was Tom Kilifin’s efforts that provided the vital assist.

The wide man held the ball well on the left side of the box and beat his man before whipping in a superb cross that Ryan Winder couldn’t miss with a powerful header to complete the winger-to-winger move.

That fantastic attacking move against the run of the play was about all the first half served up as both teams struggled to find any rhythm.

The second half started as the first ended with Lancaster on the front foot and predictably the chances to double the lead came and went.

Glenn Steel should have done better, heading Garry Hunter’s free kick high and wide, whilst Mark Jackson’s dipping volley beat ‘keeper Tom Morgan but landed on the roof of the net.

The turning point of the game came on 68 minutes.

Substitute Danny Hull’s fizzed cross bounced up and unwittingly hit the arm of defender Gavin Clark and referee Simon Mather pointed straight to the spot.

The penalty seemed harsh but Robbie O’Brien made no mistake, sending Mike Hale the wrong way to level the score.

Despite the setback it was the Dolly Blues who looked more likely to score after the restart.

Both Kilifin and Winder saw goal-bound efforts stopped by some terrific last-ditch defending from the hosts but as the half wore on City began to tire.

Short of options from the bench after so many departures in recent weeks, Lancaster were unable to change the flow of the game as Farsley took control.

The winning goal came just a few minutes from time as Aiden Savory’s header from Matty James’ fantastic cross was straight from the top drawer into the top corner. A goal worthy of winning any game wrapped up the points for Farsley as City offered no real threat in the final few minutes and headed back over the border empty handed for the first time since January 2012.

Lancaster City: Hale 7, Henry 6, Steel 7, Clark 6, Elderton 6, Winder 7, Walker 6 (Akrigg 81), Hunter 6, Kilifin 7, Jackson 6, Connerton 6 (Wearing 78). Subs not used: Hudson, Millar.

Star man: Tom Kilifin.