WITH JUST four games to go in this league campaign Lancaster City recorded only their second goalless draw of the season against Salford City on Saturday.
In an exciting first 45 City had a Simon Wills goal disallowed for offside and a penalty shout spurned after Billy McKenna was felled by Josh Bardsley.
The Dolly Blues had goalkeeper Martin Fearon to thank for their clean sheet as he denied Adam Morning a chance in the second half while Salford stopper Andy Robertson was also in fine form.
Morning had a good game delivering some dangerous crosses and venturing into the box on several occasions but on 78 minutes when he took the ball well on the outside of his left foot and advanced into the box he found Fearon more than his equal as he stayed big and saved well to his left.
It was a golden opportunity, the most clear-cut of the match, and would have been a deserved winner for the visitors.
Also in the second half Rhodri Giggs had a couple of half-chances for Salford as he failed to divert two crosses from Morning on target after getting free at the back post.
In the opening exchanges Alex Meaney had a few long-range sighters, popping three shots wide of the post, while Dave Swarbrick had City’s best chance.
After Sam Wilson was picked out on the right by an excellent ball from Michael Hall he dropped it into Swarbrick in the box with his back to goal, the striker spun well but his shot was well saved by Robertson.
The Salford stopper was back in action as the half drew to a close after Swarbrick jumped to meet Rob Henry’s cross only to see his header comfortably saved.
It was in the latter stages of the second half when Robertson really shone; first he denied Jack Duggan a headed goal tipping the ball over the bar.
His second save was even better after Meaney found his range and aim with a curling left-footed effort from the edge of the box which Robertson leapt and pushed onto the bar.
The first-half penalty appeal looked a good one, McKenna was about to shoot when his leg got caught in Bardsley’s denying him the opportunity and Wills’ goal was only disallowed after a lengthy delay from the assistant but it looked to be the correct decision.
On reflection perhaps a point each was a fair result the chances were evenly spread and neither side did enough in possession to force the issue.
Lancaster City: Fearon 7, Henry 6 (Kenyon 62), Nightingale 6, Wilson S 6, Duggan 7, Marshall 8, McKenna 7. Wills 5 (Rothwell 62), Swarbrick 6, Meaney 6, Hall 6 (Johnson 77). Subs not used: Wilson R, Gough
Salford City: Robertson, Tinker, Hockenhull, Cross, Bardsley, Thomas, Murty, Giggs, Jones, Redshaw, Morning. Sub not used: Gamble
Referee: Kevin Mulraine
Star man: Neil Marshall – Dealt with the very different threats of Giggs and Redshaw very well.