A long trip to a cold and windy Throstles Nest in Farsley proved just the remedy for Lancaster City’s recent struggles.
With a heavily injured squad, the Dolly Blues produced a valiant team performance that earned a deserved three points despite finishing the game with 10 men.
It didn’t go all Lancaster’s way, however, as Farsley took the lead on 18 minutes.
Ex-Garforth forward Adam Priestly produced a tidy finish one-on-one with McDonald to nudge the Yorkshire side ahead after an even opening.
City created the chance to level just before the half hour mark. Excellent hustle from Gavin Clark won the ball on the centre spot and the midfielder set up Darren Green on the edge of the box. The striker hit a great shot from 20 yards that found the bottom right corner to level.
The rest of the half was gritty, scruffy and filled with cards from a referee who simply struggled to adjust to the physical game.
The game burst back into life in added time when Priestly drew a fantastic reaction save from McDonald in close before Lancaster produced a great counter attack.
Breaking in numbers Jake Simpson was in space deep inside the box.
His first time strike was matched by a fine save from Farsley stopper Ben Higginson to keep the game level at half time.
It took all of 60 seconds for the Dolly Blues to take the lead after the restart.
Darren Green doubled his and City’s tally with a first time volley inside the box as Lancaster took advantage of a slow start from the hosts.
Three minutes later and City were in a commanding lead.
Ryan Elderton’s whipped-in free kick was inadvertently diverted into his own net by the head of defender Ryan Serrant. Once ahead, City were in control of the game and should have increased their lead on the hour mark.
On the break three-on-two Tom Kilifin had options either side but scuffed a tame shot that was easily saved.
Simon Wills was dismissed shortly afterwards for a second booking.
His first, early in the first half, was a harsh decision from referee Mark Astley for a tough but fair challenge and the second was all too similar. Wills went in hard for a loose ball with Kevin Sansay and got the ball, but also enough of the man to warrant his marching orders.
Despite the setback, City produced a quality team performance and keeper McDonald had a huge part to play with a first class penalty save from Adam Priestly with 10 minutes to go.
The City stopper produced a number of great saves to keep Farsley at bay until the last minute of added time. Brice Tieni eventually put away a scramble from a corner but City held on to take all three points.
Lancaster City: McDonald 9, Hudson 7, Gregson 8, Marshall 8, Elderton 7, Simpson 7, Clark 8, Wills 7, McKenna 7, Green 8, Kilifin 7
Subs (none used): Winters, Bradley, Naylor, Wilson
Starman: Danny McDonald – Couldn’t have asked for more from the City ‘stopper.