Lancaster City 0-2 Bamber Bridge

Giant Axe
Giant Axe

Lancaster City’s six-game winning streak came to an end with a dismal derby defeat against Bamber Bridge on Saturday.

Chris Marlow and Alex Taylor got the goals at Giant Axe as the visitors leapfrogged the Dolly Blues and knocked them out of the Evo-Stik First Division North play-off places as the race for promotion continues to twist and turn.

Darren Peacock’s side lacked any real flow in their attacking play and rarely threatened a clinical Brig who condemned City to a first defeat since February 8.

The Dolly Blues started the brighter with Tom Kilifin testing Lee Dovey with a shot from 20 yards inside the first 10 minutes before seeing a deflected effort from the resultant corner hit the crossbar.

Gavin Clark then saw a goal-bound shot blocked but in a even first period the visitors were next to go close as Marlow blazed a volley over after being found by a deep Matty Mahoney free-kick.

Mahoney’s set pieces were to provide a real attacking threat for Brig, Gregg Johnstone clipping the post with a header from one 27 minutes in.

Garry Hunter was more often than not the man over the ball for Lancaster and his centre five minutes later was flicked on by Billy Akrigg before being fired high and wide by Jordan Connerton who had enough time to take a touch.

The Dolly Blues number nine got on the end of another Hunter free-kick 38 minutes in but could only flick his header over the crossbar.

City’s best spell came five minutes before the break, Ryan Winder breaking down the right for City before feeding Kilifin who rounded the goalkeeper only to see his effort blocked.

From the resultant corner Glenn Steel rose the highest but couldn’t keep his header down when he should probably have tested Dovey.

The visitors then went ahead in first-half stoppage time. Mike Hale appeared to have confidently claimed a Mahoney free-kick but spilled the ball allowing Marlow to slide the ball through Rob Henry’s legs and into the net.

Winder, City’s brightest player, went in search of a leveller early in the second half, beating three men before Dovey blocked his effort five minutes after the break.

Just moments later a poor back header from George Bowyer let in Kilifin but again the Brig ‘keeper raced out to smother the striker’s effort.

But City rarely looked like forcing their way back into the game as the half progressed, Kilifin heading over a Winder cross shortly before the hour mark with Clark also nodding over the bar shortly after.

Brig killed the game off 13 minutes from time a fine counter attack down the right which was finished off by former Dolly Blue Taylor from close range.

The final whistle brought scenes of celebration in the away dugout as they ran out deserved winners with the Dolly Blues dropping to sixth in the table.

Peacock will hope his side rebound when the visit Northwich Victoria on Tuesday, April 1.

Lancaster City: Hale, Henry, Steel, Marshall (capt), Elderton, Winder (Taylor 74), Akrigg (Walker 59), Hunter, Clark (Dodgson 63), Kilifin, Connerton. Subs not used: Donlon, Hudson.

Booked: Akrigg, Steel

Bamber Bridge: Dovey, Mahoney, Bowyer, Bonamino, Doughty, Kay, Marlow (Williams 70), Thompson, Johnstone (Watt 74), Taylor, Waddecar. Subs not used: Reid, Buchan, Reynolds.

Referee: Craig Buxton