Lancaster Victorious After Second Half Dismantling Of Coalville
A brace from Richard Mercer and a goal from Hannu Tam in the second half saw the visitors comfortably pull away, making it one league win in 10 for the Ravens.
Both sides entered a sunny contest at the Mander Cruickshank with poor recent records in the league, and up until half time they were well matched. However Coalville failed to turn up in the second period, extending their winless run in the league to six games.
Three changes were made to the side that defeated Barwell 3-2 in the cup midweek, with Alex Dean, Kyle Bryant and Kyle Dixon coming in to replace Alex Howes, Cleveland Taylor and Jermaine Hollis.
It was the Dolly Blues who drew first blood in the encounter after a subdued opening exchange. Thomas Kilfin gave the visitors the advantage after 20 minutes, stroking home from close range after Matthew Coton spilled the initial cross.
But it didn’t take long for the Ravens to reply, levelling up the game seven minutes later thanks to Kyle Dixon. The Coalville midfielder finished off a slick team move, slotting past the keeper after Daniel Creaney sent him through with a deftly executed dinked through ball.
The hosts then began to take the initiative, and could have easily been ahead at the break. But some lacklustre finishing restricted them from doing such that, with Steve Towers arrowing a shot just wide from 18 yards before Danny Jenno put his header narrowly wide from close range following a Nathan Watson free kick.
Instead of building on their momentum after the break, Coalville’s performance took a dramatic step down, and they were caught off-guard two minutes in as the visitors restored their advantage through Hannu Tam. The Dolly Blues forward broke through the Ravens’ defensive line with ease, latching onto Glenn Steels through ball and rounding the indecisive Coton before sliding the ball into the empty net.
The home side then found themselves in a whole lot more trouble after 54 minutes, with their set-piece frailties highlighted by Ryan Winder’s delivery from a corner. No-one was able to pick up Richard Mercer, who powered his header into the turf, with the ball spiralling into the top corner.
Coalville did make an attempt to haul themselves back into the game, producing a decent spell of pressure that was unfortunately not able to result in a goal. Substitute Alex Howes went the closest, bamboozling his man before curling a shot just inches wide of the far post.
The shot, which took a slight deflection, resulted in a corner which subsequently created a shooting opportunity for Jenno, who hooked his effort over on the turn.
Coalville’s misery was well and truly compounded in the 81st minute when Mercer bagged his second of the game. This time it was as a result of a 40-yard Winder free kick. The centre back peeled off his marker before heading in at the back post.
Coalville failed to create a final chance for a consolation, and will face a stern task if they are to get back on track next weekend, with a trip to Shaw Lane beckoning.