Lancaster City 1-0 Barrow

Chris Liley scores the only goal of the game on the stroke of half-time against Barrow.
Chris Liley scores the only goal of the game on the stroke of half-time against Barrow.
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A solitary goal from striker Chris Liley was the difference in a close pre-season test for the Dolly Blues against Conference North neighbours Barrow.

Liley, a last minute replacement for injured Tom Kilifin, deftly flicked Billy McKenna’s cross past Barrow ‘keeper Tony McMillan and into the bottom corner to give his side their fourth win in six warm-up outings on Tuesday evening.

It was a lovely goal just before the break that crowned a hard-working performance from Liley who, along with Mark Jackson, had a stiff running battle against some robust defending.

In an opening 20 minutes that were drenched with a torrential summer storm it was the visitors who looked the brighter, pinning City back and missing two good chances as striker Aaron Bowen shot wide.

As the weather improved so did the Dolly Blues and, not for the first time this pre-season, they looked good in possession and against less stiff defences they will get more joy.

This was not a pretty game and chances were thin on the ground, it was a good physical work-out for Darren Peacock’s men and they can be pleased that they were not overawed by the former Conference side.

City’s best effort of the opening 45 was a looping volley from Danny Mahoney that dropped on to the top of the net.

Rob Henry was excellent at right-back and his experienced voice helps organise the defence, Billy Akrigg did little wrong ahead of him at right-midfield while Simon Wills put in a man-of-the-match shift in the middle not missing a tackle and providing vital pressure as City continued their fine pre-season form.

Lancaster City: McDonald, Henry, Elderton, Clark, Marshall, Akrigg, Wills, Mahoney, McKenna, Jackson, Liley (Winder 88). Subs not used: Walker, Zueswicki, Hudson.

Referee David McNamara

Star man: Simon Wills - A battle of a game that this man loves and thrives on. An excellent performance