Lancaster City were well beaten by Barrow in their latest pre-season friendly at Giant Axe on Tuesday night.
After Aaron Taylor had missed an early Dolly Blues penalty, goals from former Morecambe man Izak Reid, James Ellison, Robbie Williams and Jason Walker saw Darren Edmondson’s side run out comprehensive winners.
It was a positive start for the hosts who had Trevor Sinclair alongside boss Darren Peacock in the Giant Axe dugout for the first time.
New man Josh Draycott was brought down in the area five minutes in with Taylor stepping up only see his spot kick saved low to his right by namesake Aaron Taylor in the Barrow goal.
Barrow then went close on a couple of occasions before taking the lead through Reid’s fine 20-yard free-kick 25 minutes in.
Alex Ray-Harvey was hauled down after a marauding run down centre field with former Shrimps wide man Reid stepping up to lift a delightful effort over the wall and beyond a motionless Mike Hale in the City net.
In a typically physical game between the two sides the Conference North visitors had by far of the better of things with City losing Garry Hunter relatively early in the piece after he picked up an ankle injury.
The Bluebirds made their pressure pay three minutes before the break when Ellison was played through on goal and beat Hale despite the City number one getting a hand to the striker’s effort.
Peacock’s side should have pulled at least one goal back before the break with Taylor first electing to square the ball rather than shoot when through one-on-one before blazing over after a Ryan Winder cross found its way to him 10 yards out.
If anything things got worse for City after the interval, Ray-Harvey and Andy Cook both going close before Williams headed in a third shortly before the hour mark from a Sam Sheridan corner.
Visiting sub Ted Cribley then came close with a spectacular bicycle kick from the edge of the area 20 minutes from time with Barrow eventually making it four on 80 minutes.
Cribley played former Morecambe man Walker in one-on-one and he hammered the ball past replacement stopper Michael Donlon.
Walker and Cribley went close again in the closing stages with City relieved to see a difficult evening against a slick side come to an end.
Lancaster City: Hale, Akrigg, Clark, Davis, Marshall, Hunter, Winder, Draycott, Woods, Taylor, Kilifin. Subs: Hudson, Sargeant, Hoyle, Dodgson, Birch, Donlon.
Barrow: Taylor, Burns, McWilliams, Crowther, Williams, Willis, Ray-Harvey, Sheridan, Cook, Ellison, Reid. Subs not used: Grand, Walker, Wilson, Cribley, Cowperthwaite, Newby, McMillan.