Neil Marshall column: We produced best display at just right time

Lancaster City 'keeper Danny MacDonald races out to deny Farsley's Matt Dempsey. Picture: James Grayson.
Lancaster City 'keeper Danny MacDonald races out to deny Farsley's Matt Dempsey. Picture: James Grayson.

On Saturday we had a tough trip to Farsley in the preliminary round of the FA Cup.

Farsley hadn’t lost at home before meeting us and had beaten league favourites Darlington the week before so it was probably one of hardest draws we could have asked for.

Thankfully, we put in our best performance of the season so far and ran out comfortable 3-1 winners.

We started really brightly and deservedly took the lead when Killer (Tom Kilifin) raced through and slotted past the ‘keeper.

We then had a couple of great chances and could have put the game beyond them at half-time.

But we didn’t, and only leading by the one goal at half time we knew we couldn’t rest on our laurels and had to produce more of the same in the second half.

We made the perfect start when Gav Clark put a great ball in and Jacko (Mark Jackson) got on the end of it to put us 2-0 up.

This settled us down a bit and I thought we had the game under control from then on. Ryan Elderton wrapped up the win with a diving header at the back post.

Obviously they then threw men forward but we dealt with it comfortably.

That was until the referee must have felt sorry for them and gave them a soft penalty with 10 minutes to go.

Their striker pushed the ball past Glenn Steel and without him making any sort of challenge the lad has simply run into him and gone down, with the ref pointing to the spot.

What makes it even worse was the lad running past me and saying: ‘that’s the biggest dive I’ve ever done’.

Thankfully we saw the rest of the game through and got our names in the hat for the next round, which is all that matters.

This week we travel back to Yorkshire hoping to continue our fine run across the Pennines.

I think we’ve won our last eight or nine games there meaning we’ve certainly got nothing to fear.

And with our confidence high after the FA Cup run I’m sure we can get another three points and stay unbeaten.