Ossett Town 1-2 Lancaster City

Billy McKenna scored on a rare start for Lancaster City at Ossett Town.

Billy McKenna scored on a rare start for Lancaster City at Ossett Town.

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To the backdrop of their big-name coaching announcement Lancaster City vanquished a personal demon in a tricky away win at Ossett Town.

The players were informed prior to kick-off that former Premier League defender Darren Peacock would take charge before the end of the season and it seemed to give them a much-needed lift to record their first win in five.

At the back of their minds must have nestled the memory of conceding three in the last four minutes in losing 3-2 to the same opponents at Giant Axe.

They found themselves in a familiar position against their Yorkshire rivals, being 2-0 up with time to spare but there was to be no repeat and despite a nervy finish City did enough to pick up all three points.

This was never going to be a pretty game of football, swirling winds and a dry, dusty, bobbly pitch scuppered both sides passing intent.

City were indebted to ‘keeper Danny McDonald for a terrific display, he commanded his box well, was vocal and confident clearing his lines and made a string of first-half saves look straight forward.

He made one brilliant save in particular diving to his right in the opening 15 minutes to deny dangerous striker James Eyles’ swerving shot on the angle.

Ryan Winder had City’s best chance early on with an excellent set-piece delivery that beat everyone and hit the top of the bar.

It was Billy McKenna who found himself in the right place at the right time in a packed Ossett box to sweep home City’s opener.

He took his goal well into the top-corner but the quick winger did not see enough of the ball to make an impact on a rare start in a difficult season.

On the other flank Winder had more joy and once again put in an excellent shift.

He more than deserved his 67th-minute goal drilling a right-footed shot low past Matthew Convey in the Ossett goal and into the far corner.

Aside from a pair of free-kicks from the quiet Darren Green which came close at the near post - the second hit the side netting- the action was scrappy and through the middle of the park where City just about had the edge through combative pairing Gavin Clark and Simon Wills.

Tom Kilifin finished the game well with some neat touches and energetic work but for the most part City lacked cutting edge up top and were repelled by a stout defence.

The home side’s star striker, former Ossett Albion man Shane Kelsey, made the last 15 minutes nervy for the Dolly Blues after he dispatched a brilliantly struck penalty.

Ryan Elderton had turned himself into trouble in the corner and despite feeling he was fouled himself, he then tripped Grant Darley to concede the spot kick.

The Dolly Blues play their last home game of the season on Saturday as they welcome Goole to Giant Axe.

Ossett Town: Convey, Parkinson (Milne 70), Lloyd (Hitch 70), Patterson, Cotterill, Qualter, Darley, Sharry, Kelsey, Eyles, Richardson. Sub not used: Crook

Lancaster City: McDonald 8, Hudson 8, Elderton 7, Gregson 8, Marshall 7, Wills 6, Winder 8, Clark 7, Kilifin 6, Green 6, McKenna 6. Subs not used: Allsop, Coulthard, Jones, Hoyle.

Referee: Nigel Murphy

Attendance: 61

Star man: Danny McDonald - An assured display and some smart saves