Goals from winger Zach Clark and striker Danny Hattersley were enough to give the Dolly Blues all three points at Giant Axe. The win moves City back into the playoff spots, with games in hand on all their rivals below and two games in hand on 4th placed Farsley.
The game didn't get off to the best start for Lancaster as shortly after kick off defender Jack Duggan limped off after falling awkwardly during a challenge. Daniel Gregson came on to take his place shortly before City went close with their first chance of the half. Zach Clark weaved his way through three defenders cutting inside from the right wing and fired a shot inches wide of the far post.
Lee Dodgson came close to giving City the lead after a great through ball by Alex Meaney but, despite a great finish lifting the ball over the keeper one-on-one, the linesman flagged for offside. Winger Tom Wood was in an offside position near Dodgson as the ball was played, but the experienced forward appeared to be onside.
Minutes later City finally took the lead, with a slice of luck to make up for the disallowed goal. Zach Clark, who terrorised Ossett full back Holt all game, weaved past the defender after a great run from the half way line and sliced a cross that curled over the keeper and off the post into the net. City nearly doubled their lead just before half time when Alex Kenyon powered a bullet header from a corner an inch wide of the right hand post.
After the restart City continued where they left off in the first with immediate pressure from Dave Swabrick, who stung the palms of Barford in the Ossett goal after cutting inside from the right wing. After the initial burst of pressure City seemed to slowly back off into their own half as the game turned scrappy. City defended well without being really troubled and it took until the eighty-eighth minute to put the game to bed. Barford miscued a clearance which ricocheted off an Ossett defender and was pounced on by returning striker Danny Hattersley. The prolific forward calmly slotted the ball past Barford into the bottom right corner to seal the game for the Dolly Blues.
The win lifts City up to 5th place with a game in hand on all their playoff rivals. A tough fixture away at playoff rivals Skelmersdale is up next for the Dolly Blues on Saturday 17th March.
CityXI: Fearon, Henry, Duggan, Marshall, Elderton, Clark, Dodgson, Kenyon, Wood, Meaney, Swarbrick
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