Lancaster City didn’t enjoy the best of away days as Throstle Nest on Tuesday night as traffic chaos combined with a subdued performance to send the Dolly Blues crashing out of the Doodson Sport Cup.
Kick off for the quarter-final clash was delayed after traffic problems in Lancaster delayed the team coach by more than an hour, leaving the Dolly Blues with minimal time to warm up for the match as the referee only allowed for an extra 10 minutes with a 7.55pm kick off.
Unsurprisingly, City never managed to work their way through the gears and were chasing possession for the majority of the game.
In brief spells of possession Darren Peacock’s side were guilty of rushing their build-up play and squandering the ball far too cheaply.
The visitors’ back line was solid throughout the opening 45 minutes with Aiden Savory heading the hosts’ only chance of the first half straight at Mike Hale.
Tom Kilifin had a couple of half chances for the Dollies but volleyed an early effort over the bar and was denied by a smart save from ‘keeper Tom Taylor from a narrow angle.
The second half was a much less successful story, with Lancaster failing to register any meaningful effort at goal, whilst Farsley were clinical in converting the few chances they could create against a stubborn City back-line which has been so impressive during their fine run in 2015.
Just two minutes after the restart Farsley were ahead.
Josh Grant’s cross towards goal was cleverly deflected past Hale from a yard out by Luke Porritt and the hosts, ninth in the Evo-Stik First Division North, never looked back.
Farsley doubled their lead six minutes later when Robert O’Brien was given space for a well taken free header into the top left corner.
Jamie Tomkinson wrapped up the points with 20 minutes remaining, firing a powerful low drive into the bottom left corner one on one.
This never felt like the Dollies’ day even before the team managed to get onto the M6 and head over to Yorkshire.
Peacock and assistant boss Trevor Sinclair will now face a huge challenge to mentally prepare their side to bounce back against title chasing Northwich Victoria at Giant Axe on Saturday.
Lancaster City: Hale, Bailey, Davis, Marshall, Clark, Pearce, Akrigg, Hunter, Winder, Kilifin , Taylor.