Lancaster City 3-0 Prescot Cables

Ryan Winder on the ball for Lancaster City against Prescot Cables. Picture: Tony North
Ryan Winder on the ball for Lancaster City against Prescot Cables. Picture: Tony North

Lancaster City made it seven wins in eight games as they comfortably dispatched Prescot Cables at Giant Axe on Saturday afternoon.

Goals from skipper Neil Marshall, Billy Akrigg and Ryan Winder guided the Dollies to a victory that rarely looked in doubt over the 90 minutes.

Cables to their credit defended well during the match, and restricted Darren Peacock’s side to just one meaningful chance in the first half, which was City’s opener late in the period.

Sam Bailey’s cross was met by Marshall who got enough power and direction on his header to guide the ball into the far right corner to give City the lead.

The second half provided the bulk of the action with Lancaster taking just 10 minutes from the restart to double their lead.

Garry Hunter teed up Akrigg from 25 yards to unleash a precise low drive into the bottom right corner to extend the Dollies’ advantage in style.

Midfield man Akrigg, who has become one of City’s most consistent performers this season, had a chance to get his second late in the game.

Tom Woods’ powerful effort was only parried but the follow up effort from Akrigg was smartly saved down low to keep the lead at two.

City added the gloss to the win with a great team goal with 11 minutes remaining.

Playing out from the back, Akrigg played the ball through to Woods on the right wing who beat his man and drove a low cross into the box towards Winder who swept the ball home from 10 yards to seal the points.

Akrigg had a further chance to double his tally, but could only fire narrowly wide of the near post in a good position from inside the box.

At the other end, Mike Hale enjoyed one of his quieter days in the City goal as the Lancaster back-line remained tight and solid throughout.

The Dolly Blues now head to Farsley on Tuesday night in the quarter-final of the Doodson Sport Cup.

Lancaster City: Hale 7, Bailey 7, Davis 8, Marshall 9, Clark 8, Akrigg 9, Hunter 8, Pearce 8, Winder 8, Taylor 7, Poole 7

Star Man: Billy Akrigg. Spectacular goal and all round performance.