Lancaster City 6-0 New Mills

Tom Ince in action for Lancaster City against New Mills.
Tom Ince in action for Lancaster City against New Mills.

Giant Axe witnessed a thrashing on Saturday as the Dolly Blues tore apart New Mills to progress in the FA Trophy preliminary round.

City earned themselves a trip to Mossley in the next round after goals from Simon Wills, Neil Marshall, Billy Akrigg, Mark Jackson and a terrific Tom Ince brace handed Darren Peacock’s side a 6-0 win.

A tall and brutish Millers side caused a few problems in the opening exchanges but after Wills persevered in the box to score at the second bite the goal glut began in earnest.

Indeed the visiting side could and should have taken the lead moments earlier as Carlos Meakin rattled the bar from eight yards with a headed effort.

But two more goals followed Wills’ effort in just four minutes as first City skipper Neil Marshall rose brilliantly and flicked a header into the far top corner from a Garry Hunter free-kick.

Then the Dolly Blues’ danger men dovetailed sweetly for Akrigg to take a touch in the box and score.

Ince beat his full-back with ridiculous ease and played in Kilifin in the box who squared for Akrigg to finish.

The Kilifin and Ince show then created the goal of the game with four minutes to go in the half. The former shrugged off a defender on the left and burst past him with an excellent turn of pace before laying the ball off to Ince whose first-time shot was unstoppable and flew into the top corner.

With a 4-0 lead at the break City were home and hosed.

City’s second-half pressure and possession football eventually led to their fifth as Ince gratefully accepted a poor clearance from Mills’ keeper Peter Collinge and showed patience to wait for him to commit and rounded off his embarrassment with a cheeky chip into an empty net.

Kilifin picked up his third assist of the game after some lovely control and trickery in the box he found an angle to shoot across goal and Jackson headed home to complete the scoring.

The Dolly Blues return to league action on Tuesday as they travel to Ramsbottom United before a home tie with Salford City on Saturday, October 12.

Lancaster City: Hale 8, Henry 7 (Winder 55), Clark 7, Hudson 7, Marshall 7, Akrigg 7, Hunter 8 (Wearing 64), Wills 7, Kilifin 9, Jackson 8, Ince 8. Subs not used: Elderton, Mahoney, MacDonald

New Mills: Collinge, Weston, Shaw, Grimshaw, Parker, Wood (Nevins), Meakin (Baguley), Knight, Fish, Barlow (Gavi-Mihedji), Rother. Subs not used: Hampson, Pinera

Referee: Matthew Corlett

Attendance: 163

Star man: Tom Kilifin - Creative and dangerous throughout, three assists and the goals will come