Lancaster City’s fine run in Yorkshire continued on Saturday with a 2-0 win against an Ossett Albion side anchored to the foot of the Evo-Stik First Division North.
Whilst the scoreline wasn’t a true reflection of City’s struggle to create chances throughout the game, the visitors defended admirably throughout the 90 minutes for their first clean sheet in six games.
Queen’s Terrace is home to one of the traditional non-league sloping pitches and one that on Saturday was hard, bobbly and difficult to play any sort of flowing football.
To their credit the Dolly Blues endeavoured in their style of play and created the only chances of the first half.
Most notable of the chances came from winger Tom Kilifin, City’s top-scorer intercepting one of a number of poor defensive clearances and one-on-one from a tight angle, saw a shot easily palmed away by keeper Adam Rhodes.
Ryan Elderton, Rob Walker and Billy Akrigg all hit speculative efforts wide of the target before Glenn Steel saw a header well saved late in the half.
Minutes after the restart Simon Wearing had the best chance to open the scoring for the visitors.
Splitting the backline after some chaotic defending the striker had the chance to lob Rhodes or run in on goal but chose neither.
Perhaps unaware of the time available the youngster’s snatched shot from distance was well-saved from Rhodes in what turned to be the only clear cut chance until late in the game.
With 10 minutes remaining it was a direct pass from Gavin Clark down the middle that found Kilifin inside the box who instinctively chipped an effort over the advancing Rhodes into the net to give a relieved City the lead.
The hosts did apply some late pressure to the visiting defence but the Lancaster backline reduced Albion to one headed effort from Adam Muller straight at Hale.
Dave Swarbrick was introduced late in the game and produced a typically fine finish after stepping inside his man inside the box to wrap up the points for Dolly Blues.
City were made to work for it by a dogged and determined Ossett side but the long overdue clean sheet and clinical finishing will no doubt please head coach Darren Peacock with a tough run of fixtures looming.
Lancaster City: Hale 7, Henry 7, Clark 8, Steel 8, Elderton 7, Winder 7, Akrigg 8, Walker 7, Kilifin 8, Mahoney 7 (Hudson 82), Wearing 7 (Swarbrick 71). Subs not used: Millar, Donnelly, Thompson
Star man: Gavin Clark - Assured defensive display and match winning assist.