A rousing performance from the Dolly Blues saw them swat aside Ossett Town and remain in a three-way battle for the fifth and final play-off place.
With four games left to play Darren Peacock’s men knew only a win would do to stick with rivals Ramsbottom United and Bamber Bridge and they did so in style putting in a terrific first-half display before an equally special brace from Tom Kilifin settled matters in the second half.
There were some sparkling individual performances, notably from Lee Dodgson and Simon Wearing but more importantly City won their individual battles all over the pitch, were stronger, faster and sharper in the pass to comfortably ease to three points.
They suffered an early scare as the home side, in a good run of form themselves, saw midfielder and captain Louis Horne have a shot cleared off the line.
That remarkably proved to be the only shot on target, barring Lee Dodgson’s opener, in a great first half of football and it was the only notable footballing contribution from Horne who went on to receive two yellow cards for petulant fouls.
Dodgson, in sparkling form linking up with Ryan Elderton down the left, had a brace of shots high and wide and Wearing flashed a shot from the edge of the box narrowly wide before they linked up to finish off a lovely move minutes before the break.
Wearing picked the ball up and drove towards the box, his flicked turn didn’t come off but he kept the ball and exchanged passes with Ryan Winder before releasing Dodgson into space, he kept his cool to slide the ball under on-rushing keeper Sam Dobbs to give the Dolly Blues a deserved lead.
It took a second scare of the game to galvanise City in the second half, home forward Jimmy Eyles was narrowly judged offside before he swept in an equaliser, and it set the stage for Kilifin to shine.
His first with his right foot was all about power and precision as he cut in from the right and drilled a shot across goal that was too hot to handle for Dobbs.
His second, again with an assist from Wearing, was simply stunning; allowed the space to advance on the box he hit a swerving left footed effort that started outside of the ‘keeper’s far left post before swerving into the bottom corner, a goal of the season contender.
Wearing put in his best performance in a City shirt, he was tricky and hard to handle for the home defence and his energy and pressing play eased the work-load on a midfield that had worked hard throughout.
Missing the experienced Glenn Steel with ankle ligament damage did not weaken the City defence either, young stand-in Jacob Davis showed very few nerves and won his battles while Neil Marshall was immense alongside him, it is testament to their partnership and good work that Mike Hale in the City goal had very little work to do over 90 minutes.
The Dolly Blues have a quick turn-around as they travel to New Mills for a re-arranged Monday night fixture before they finish their season with games against Padiham, Kendal Town and league winners Curzon Ashton.
Lancaster City: Hale 6, Henry 7, Elderton 7, Davis 8, Marshall 8 (Hudson 83), Hunter 8 (Akrigg 76), Winder 6, Walker 7, Wearing 8, Dodgson 8 (Clark 72), Kilifin 8. Subs not used: Taylor, Donlon.
Referee: Christoper Akers
Star man: Lee Dodgson - Just pipped Wearing to the prize. First half saw him back to his very best