Farsley 1-3 Lancaster City

Lancaster City 'keeper Danny MacDonald races out to deny Farsley's Matt Dempsey. Picture: James Grayson.
Lancaster City 'keeper Danny MacDonald races out to deny Farsley's Matt Dempsey. Picture: James Grayson.

Lancaster City reached the First Qualifying Round of the FA Cup with an impressive victory over Farsley on Saturday.

The Yorkshire outfit have made an even more impressive start to the season than Darren Peacock’s side and were expected to provide a formidable test at the

Throstle Nest.

But Mark Jackson was instrumental, scoring once and laying on the other two goals for Tom Kilifin and Ryan Elderton, as the Dolly Blues were convincing winners in this preliminary round tie.

His flicked header on 13 minutes was latched onto by Kilifin, who nicked the ball past full-back Anthony Lloyd before finishing well past home ‘keeper Tom Morgan.

Elderton was then guilty of a glaring miss later in the half when his back-post header from Simon Wills’ cross looked easier to score.

Farsley striker Aiden Savoury sent a header wide of Danny MacDonald’s goal in a rare first half chance as City cruised into the break one goal to the good.

The Dolly Blues may have expected Farsley to fly out the traps after the break but 40 seconds after the restart the game looked done and dusted.

Gavin Clark’s cross from the byline was sublimely converted by Jackson’s delicate jumping volley in the goal of the game.

The hosts looked out of sorts, Savoury coming the closest to halving the deficit on the hour mark with a long-range shot that grazed the top of the bar.

Jackson then had an effort ruled out for offside before City eventually got the third to put the tie beyond doubt on 71 minutes.

Elderton made up for his earlier miss as he bagged his first goal of the season, the full back on hand at the back post to head home Jackson’s flick-on.

Farsley got a consolation as Rob O’Brien scored from the spot after Glenn Steel was harshly judged to have blocked the run of Savoury but it was another classy performance from the Dolly Blues who return to league action at Harrogate Railway Athletic on Saturday.