Lancaster City and Kendal Town hammered out a 2-2 draw on Boxing Day, putting on a second half festive thriller.
After butting heads and missing chances in a drab first half both sides shook off their Christmas turkey hangovers to entertain and score goals picking up a deserved point apiece.
Visiting danger man Danny Mitchley showed just why he is the league’s leading scorer, getting into position three times in the first 45 to shoot high or wide, he also tested Mike Hale with a low shot, Zach Clark should have scored from the rebound.
At times the Dolly Blues looked sharp but could not get their game going, they still had chances and Jordan Connerton may feel he should have done better facing down on the Kendal goal only to shoot straight at the ‘keeper.
They also came agonisingly close at the back post as Ryan Winder’s low cross just missed the sliding Tom Kilifin.
It was no surprise that it was Mitchley who put the visitors ahead, but the lead was short lived as City’s own star number nine found room in the box to take a touch and smash a finish home.
Some good refereeing cheer from official David McNamara added to the drama as goalkeeper Danny McDonald, who started the campaign for the Dolly Blues, could and should have seen red for pulling Connerton down on the edge of the box, he was comfortably the last man.
Cue hysteria and mayhem for all but Garry Hunter who calmly placed the ball for the resulting free kick on the edge of the box and whipped it into the top corner, a terrific strike to put the Dolly Blues 2-1 ahead.
The visitors piled on the pressure in return and their run of set-pieces bombarded the City box, the Dolly Blue defence kept them at bay but they looked ragged, this was a real test from a good Kendal side and City can take positives.
Inevitably a goal came from a corner as visiting full back Jack Smith found space at the near post to bundle the ball home, it was a poor goal to concede but a deserved one for the visitors.
Connerton very nearly won it in style as McDonald was caught in no-man’s land and failed to clear, the visiting stopper saved himself more blushes as he backpedalled and caught the lobbed effort.
Lancaster City: Hale 7, Henry 6, Elderton 6, Clark 6, Steel 6, Hunter 7, Winder 6, Wills 7, Connerton 7, Jackson 7 (Wearing 80), Kilifin 7
Subs not used: Millar, Donnelly, Akrigg, Walker
Kendal Town: McDonald, Smith, Hoctor, Beattie, Bell, Brown (Matheson 78), Wilson, Coid, Mitchley, Gonzales (Lloyd 60), Clark (Rushton 86)
Subs not used: Dootson, Watson
Referee: David McNamara
Starman: Jordan Connerton – Looked sharp, creative and always in the goals