Lancaster City 5-1 Maine Road

Lancaster City v Maine Road. FA Cup'Jack Duggan finds himself in the right place at the right time to give City an early lead in the third minute.
Lancaster City v Maine Road. FA Cup'Jack Duggan finds himself in the right place at the right time to give City an early lead in the third minute.

LANCASTER City made it safely through to the second qualifying round of the FA Cup and side-stepped any possible upset with a dominant display against North West Counties outfit Maine Road.

Bouncing back from an inexcusably lacklustre display at Woodley Sports, goals from Jack Duggan, Dave Swarbrick, Neil Marshall and an Alex Kenyon brace ensured both the £3,000 prize money and progression to the next round for Lancaster.

The Dolly Blues took the lead after just three minutes when an Alex Meaney corner was misjudged by Maine Road keeper Andrew Jones and Jack Duggan was left with the simple task of converting from three yards to give City the early lead which never looked under threat.

On the twenty three minute mark, the impressive Max Rothwell played Dave Swarbrick through one on one with Jones and the returning City striker made no mistake from sixteen yards, curling the ball into the top corner, to score his first goal since his high profile return from AFC Fylde.

The two goal advantage lasted only three minutes after the Lancaster defence was caught stretched on a quick counter attack and Matt Struminksy, in acres of space, hammered home a low cross to halve the deficit.

Any hopes of a comeback however were smashed on forty two minutes when a deflected Zach Clark cross found it’s way to Alex Kenyon who unleashed a twenty five yard thunderbolt into the top corner to restore the two goal advantage as City cruised into half time at 3-1.

If the game seemed a foregone conclusion before half time, five minutes after the restart the game as a contest was over.

Just three minutes into the second half an unmarked Neil Marshall headed home a corner to make it 4-1 before Maine Road, deflated, failed to clear the ball from the area two minutes later and Alex Kenyon fired from six yards to make it 5-1.

The consistent heavy downpours of rain began to take it’s toll on the pitch as the game slowed with both teams having a shot cleared off the line in the final half hour before full time whistled the Dolly Blues comfortably forward on the road to Wembley.

Lancaster find themselves now just three games away from the target of the First Round proper which the Dolly Blues last reached in 2004 when they went down 1-0 at League One’s MK Dons.

Lancaster City: Fearon 7, Henry 6, Duggan 8, Marshall 8, Elderton 7, Clark 6, Wills 7, Kenyon 8, Rothwell 8, Meaney 7, Swarbrick 7

Starman: Alex Kenyon. Brace caps off superb battling display.