Lancaster City threw away what could have been a valuable point after an end of game collapse saw them concede two goals in the final four minutes seconds after equalising at a rain-soaked Shawbridge.
The Dolly Blues didn’t get the game off to a fantastic start either, conceding a penalty in just the second minute of the match when Garry Hunter hauled down his man inside the penalty area.
Scott Bakkor stepped up for the hosts to send Mike Donlon the wrong way to open the scoring.
After this initial set-back, however, the first half belonged to the visitors as a series of chances for Darren Peacock’s side came and went without success.
Joe Whittington’s curling effort from the edge of the box only found the inside of the post early in the half, whilst only a spectacular save denied Reece Pearce’s great volley from the edge of the box.
Aaron Taylor had a great chance from the right side of the box after being played in on goal by Pearce on the counter attack, but his strike could only brush the far post on its way wide.
The visitors were made to pay as the hosts doubled their lead early after the restart. Louis Mayers was on hand at the back post to head in a cross from the left byline and double Clitheroe’s advantage.
Despite that setback, City continued to fightback and got themselves on the scoresheet with a fantastic team goal on the hour mark.
Latest signing and full back Shaquille Antoine-Clark showed great feet to dodge two challenges cutting in from the right flank and move the ball out to Whittington. The winger’s low cross was met by Taylor at the far post to smash home from close range.
Lancaster continued to press late into the second half and looked to have snatched a point with an 85th-minute equaliser.
Hunter’s curling free-kick from the right wing was met by the stooping head of Taylor on the edge of the six-yard box to score his and City’s second of the game.
Before the celebrations even died down, 30 seconds later the Dolly Blues were behind,
Lloyd Dean found space in the box to place a fine effort into the bottom right corner from 12 yards. Scott Harries’ heavily deflected shot looped over Donlon in injury time to add an gloss to a scoreline that, whilst not reflecting the balance of play, only served to highlight growing defensive concerns for City.