Padiham 2-0 Lancaster City

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Lancaster City’s miserable run of form continued on Wednesday night as they were comfortably beaten away at lower league Padiham.

The North West Counties Premier division outfit have been in top form of late, losing just once in 15 outings and they provided no crumbs of comfort for the Dolly Blues.

Goals in either half from Ben Allen and Andrew Tinker; similar strikes into empty nets from crosses from the left were the nails in the coffins but it was City’s inability to break down the home defence and again fail to register on the score sheet that was the big worry.

City are now without a goal in four and have only notched twice in the last six; their last victory, a brilliant result away at Warrington Town seems an age ago on October 9.

They came close once in the opening exchanges as Neil Wainwright crossed from the right to Andrew Naylor in the middle who headed over the bar unmarked from six yards.

The home side looked a decent outfit and outplayed City for most parts of the game, using the swirling wind and sloping pitch to their advantage in the first 45 with some telling long balls to tricky strikers and holding on diligently in the second while still looking dangerous on the break.

Indeed they had the more telling chances in a scrappy second half hitting the post and seeing an effort cleared off the line by Ryan Elderton.

There were a few positives for the Dolly Blues. James Fielding did excellently at left-back showing some lovely touches and determined defending for a natural winger.

Gavin Clark and Rob Wilson did their level best to grab the game by the scruff of the neck with surging runs towards the box but the forwards’ movement let them down, they did register a shot apiece stinging the home ‘keeper’s gloves.

City ended the game with both joint managers Michael Stringfellow and Wainwright on the pitch as they tried in vain to change the game, their frustration was palpable.

It was a miserable night in miserable conditions and one the Dolly Blues will have to erase and erase quickly if they are to bounce back away at Goole on Saturday.

Lancaster City; McDonald 6, Parkinson 5, Fielding 7, Elderton 6, Winters 6, Clark 6 (Kilifin 53), Wilson 6, Wainwright 6, Swarbrick 6 (Stringfellow ) Naylor 5, Green 5 (McKenna 53)

Subs not used: Wheeler, Bradley, Rothwell

Attendance: 105

Starman: James Fielding - The Ripley St Thomas schoolboy did well on competitive debut, nifty footwork but more importantly did his job at full-back dilligently