Lancaster City 1-0 Penrith

Darren Peacock. Picture: Tony North
Darren Peacock. Picture: Tony North

Debutant Hannu Tam netted a late winner for Lancaster City in their pre-season victory against Penrith.

The lone goal, credited to the 16-year-old striker, came with a quarter of an hour to play to give the Dolly Blues a narrow win over the Northern League side in their latest friendly at Giant Axe on Saturday.

Wayward finishing looked to have condemned the game to a 0-0 scoreline, with Tom Kilifin missing two golden chances in the opening half.

Garry Hunter’s inch perfect cross was volleyed narrowly over by Kilifin before the City striker failed to beat ‘keeper Josh Richardson one-on-one later in the half.

Dolly Blues stopper Mike Hale had just one save to make, getting down quickly to gather Martyn Coleman’s shot from the edge of the box.

In the second half Spanish forward Antonio LaFuente drew a fine save from ‘keeper Richardson with a long shot from distance as City started to spring into life late in the period.

Billy Akrigg volleyed inches wide of the target as Lancaster pressed for a winner that arrived with 14 minutes remaining.

Tam, a product of the Lancaster City supported North Lancs and District Development Centre, was played through on goal from the left flank and hit a deflected shot over Richardson into the net.

City had a chance to wrap up the points with a three-on-one late in added time but failed to make it count with Reece Pearce shooting straight at the keeper as the game finished 1-0.

Lancaster’s next pre-season game is away at AFC Darwen this Saturday, August 1, kick-off 2pm.