Lancaster City 1-2 Witton Albion

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A DOUBLE from Witton star Alex Titchiner was enough to ease past a sub-par Lancaster City.

The match between third and fourth was hyped as both a huge six-pointer and a potential play-off rehearsal match-up.

With a great run of form behind both teams and a good crowd present at the Giant Axe, this game had all the makings of a non-league classic.

Predictably, however, the game failed to live up to the hype.

The Dolly Blues looked nervy, Witton were wasteful in possession and chances for either side were at a premium.

The first real chance of the game fell to the home side 15 minutes in, when Lancaster were awarded a dangerous looking free-kick on the edge of the Witton area.

Alex Kenyon duly stepped up to blast the ball at goal, but his effort was over the bar and out of the ground.

The game scrapped away with Witton enjoying most of the possession whilst creating little with the deadlock looking set to last until the interval.

However, six minutes from half-time Lancaster’s defence failed to clear a scramble in their own box with the ball falling kindly for Alex Titchiner who had a simple tap-in from six yards to give Witton a deserved lead.

Despite appearing early for the second half, City continued in a similar disjointed vein until a moment of magic from Witton’s top scorer Titchiner brought applause from even the City faithful.

Thirteen minutes from time, Ryan Elderton surrendered the ball to Titchiner 25 yards from the Lancaster goal and the rest was sheer class.

The striker turned and took one touch before striking a beautiful dipping shot over Fearon and into the top corner of the net.

Now 2-0 down and the game seemingly over, Lancaster finally began creating chances, although it was too little far too late.

Edgerton-Wilson had a lob cleared off the line before Elderton was hacked down in the box and City were awarded their consolation penalty.

Elderton elected to take the spot-kick he had earned and sent Witton ’keeper Cooper the wrong way to halve the deficit in injury time.

Lancaster City: Fearon, Henry, Marshall, Edgerton-Wilson, Elderton, Clark, Kenyon, Wills, Rothwell, Kilifin, Bunney

Attendance: 433