Lancaster City 2-1 Mossley

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After an exhausting effort at Darlington with just two days off Lancaster City put in a slightly heavy-legged performance on Saturday but one that was enough to comfortably earn their third straight win.

Head coach Darren Peacock named an unchanged line-up that never really rose through the gears but created more than enough chances to win the game at a canter.

Ryan Winder, who netted his fifth league goal of the campaign on Wednesday, shot straight at keeper Thewlis from a wide angle in the early stages as City looked to get in behind a high-pressing Mossley defence.

Tom Kilifin almost repeated his goal against Burscough when Thewlis miss-kicked a clearance off the bobbly surface but there were bodies back in the visitors area and the striker curled his effort into the side netting.

City did eventually break the deadlock late in the first half.

After Jordan Connerton’s shot was initially blocked, the ball fell to Kilifin who could only hit the post but it rebounded back to Connerton who made no mistake this time to net his seventh goal for Lancaster this campaign.

City deserved their lead on the balance of play, but were punished for a slow start after the interval.

Mossley strike partners Tom Pratt and Richard Bennett combined to equalise 60 seconds after the restart, Pratt providing the cross from the right flank to find the head of the towering Bennett.

In took only eight minutes for the Dolly Blues to regain their lead in almost a carbon copy of their first.

Connerton, under pressure from three defenders and the pitch, hit a shot from the edge of the area straight at Thewlis and his follow up was blocked but fell to Gavin Clark on the right side of the box.

The defender turned winger converted with a first-time strike to record his first goal of the season.

As the game neared the final whistle Lancaster kept creating chances but the quality of finishing was tired at best.

Winder and Clark both blazed over the bar from clear scoring opportunities, whilst Connerton, latching onto a miss-kick from Thewlis, missed the target with the keeper scrambling.

Lee Dodgson made his return in a City shirt in the final 10 minutes and showed his class in his limited viewing and almost marked his debut with a goal.

Connerton teed up the former Lancaster top scorer inside the box but Dodgson’s volley was high and out of the ground.

There was a brief scare for the Dollies at the death when Bennett’s rifled shot from distance struck the outside of the post but Mike Hale otherwise enjoyed a quiet afternoon’s work.

Lancaster City: Hale 7, Henry (Hudson 14), Steel 7, Marshall 7, Elderton 6, Winder 6, Hunter 6, Walker 7 (Dodgson 84), Clark 7, Kilifin 6 (Taylor 86), Connerton 7. Subs not used: Donlon, Wearing.

Star man: Gavin Clark - First goal of the season well deserved.