Result: Trafford 1-1 Lancaster City (Full Report)
A late equaliser denies City an away win after a battling display at Trafford.
An eighty-sixth minute free kick denied Lancaster City their first ever Evo-Stik league win at Trafford and the chance to gain ground on their promotion rivals.
A quality first half free kick strike from Alex Kenyon was cancelled out by an equally impressive set piece effort from Trafford's Joseph Shaw as City will look back on the game as a disappointing two points dropped.
The opening exchanges produced few clear chances with only Martin Fearon in the City goal keeping the game level tipping over a quality looping shot from Warren Collier in spectacular fashion. Former Salford City keeper Andy Robertson in the Trafford goal could only watch a headed effort from Jack Duggan sail narrowly over the bar in City's best chance before they took the lead. Dave Swarbrick's pace won the Dolly Blues a free kick on the right hand corner of the Trafford penalty area and Alex Kenyon stepped up to rifle a shot into the far corner from 20 yards to give City the lead going into half time.
The second forty-five was a less even half with City edging the game in every area of the pitch whilst lacking the killer instinct in the final third. Dave Swarbrick was guilty of missing City's best two chances cutting in superbly from the right wing twice, his first effort produced a fine reaction save from Robertson down low to his left. His second attempt a few minutes later was charged down well by Robertson with Swarbrick electing to shoot when an extra touch would have seen him round Robertson with an empty net ahead. Lancaster defended well throughout the half and limited Trafford to long range attempts that never tested Fearon until an eighty-sixth minute cross struck the arm of Danny Gregson and the referee awarded a free kick on the edge of the City penalty area. Joseph Shaw stepped up quickly to curl a shot past a surprised Martin Fearon to give Trafford a late equaliser that they managed to defend into the final minutes with City unable to mount a credible stoppage time attacking threat.
Lancaster City will be looking to continue their unbeaten run of three games when they take on Wakefield at Giant Axe this Saturday.
City XI: Fearon 6, Edgerton-Wilson 6, Gregson 6, Duggan 6, Elderton 6, Swarbrick 5, Kenyon 6, Carney 7, Hall, 5 Dodgson 4, Hattersley 5
MOTM: Craig Carney. His energy and creativity in midfield has been missed during his suspension.