Lancaster City beaten at home

Lancaster City 1 - Durham City 2 Evo-Stik First Division North

LANCASTER City returned to league action on Tuesday night and were comfortably beaten by Durham City at Giant Axe.

With three wins out of four in consecutive cup ties, the Dolly Blues had enjoyed a confidence boosting break from the league.

Saturday’s shocker at Garforth aside, City had erased poor performances against Woodley Sports and Harrogate Railway, both league defeats, and with the coming weekend’s massive FA Cup tie looming large they did not need this lacklustre display.

An unfortunate own goal from captain Neil Marshall kicked off, and perhaps summed up, City’s evening. They were second best in most tackles, struggled to keep possession and looked a less hungry outfit compared to their North-East rivals.

Marshall was just behind striker Stephen Thompson as they both strived to meet a Gary Brown ball over the top, Marshall stretched out a leg to intervene and looped the ball over Martin Fearon in the City net.

A shot from Lee Dodgson aside City rarely troubled James Winter in the Durham net and despite showing flashes of their best form – Ryan Elderton had a decent first half going forward down the left and Dodgson looks close to his best – they could not match the energy and ball retention of Durham.

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