A SWEET strike from Danny Hattersley earned Lancaster City all three points in a tough encounter at Giant Axe.
For their first home game of the season the Dolly Blues welcomed Rhodri Giggs’ Salford City and they came prepared to work hard, toiling away for 90 minutes to keep in the game.
It was a difficult game for either side to control and City just about edged it all over the park to make Hattersley’s strike count.
The young striker had had City’s best chance of the game before he found the bottom corner, though he knew very little about it.
After concerted pressure, in particular from the excellent Zach Clark, a cross was cleared into Hattersley’s thigh and looped over Andy Robertson in the Salford net; he made an excellent save reaching back.
Robertson could do very little about Hattersley’s winner. A surging run and lightning quick step-over from Alex Meaney skipped him towards the box where he lost control, the ball squirted to Hattersley who took a touch and shaped a lovely curling effort into Robertson’s right-hand corner.
The stand-out performances from the Dolly Blues came down either flank as Clark’s pace and close control caused the Salford defence no end of trouble, he had two very decent shouts for penalties waved away.
On the other wing Ryan Elderton was afforded acres of space to overlap Max Rothwell and he filled his boots, curling in two very dangerous crosses in City’s best period of the half.
At the other end Gavin Salmon and Nick Redshaw gave the City defence a thorough going over and with better service they would have perhaps nicked something for their side.
As it was they forced Martin Fearon into one very routine save as Redshaw planted a free header straight at him.
The grandstand period of the match came in the last ten minutes as some sloppy finishing from City and further heroics from Robertson kept the scoreline respectable.
Off the bench flew Lee Dodgson on 76 minutes to bolster City’s quicksilver front-line – the trio of Dodgson, Clark and Billy McKenna will terrify defences – and he set up McKenna for a golden chance which he hit straight at Redshaw.
It was then Rothwell’s turn to strike from the edge of the box after more impressive work down the wing from Clark to again find Robertson his better.
All in all it was a hard-fought three points for the Dolly Blues and two wins out of two in their new Evo-Stik campaign.
Lancaster City: Fearon 6, Henry 6, Elderton 8, Duggan 6, Marshall 6, Carney 6, Clark 8, Wills 7, Hattersley 6 (Dodgson 76), Meaney 7 (McKenna 65), Rothwell 6
Subs not used: Egerton-Wilson, Gregson, Johnson
Salford City: Robertson, Hockenhull, Fitton, King, Cross, Ogoo, Morgan (Coyne 52), Smith (Giggs 75), Salmon, Redshaw, Hanley (Barker 45)
Subs not used: Ayres, Bardsley
Referee: Robert M Pollock
STARMAN: Zach Clark - Destroyed the Salford defence on numerous occasions