Prescot Cables 3-2 Lancaster City

Darren Green scored both of Lancaster City's goals in their defeat at Prescot.
Darren Green scored both of Lancaster City's goals in their defeat at Prescot.
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Lancaster City endured a frustrating afternoon on a snowy day in Merseyside as they fell to defeat at Prescot Cables at Valerie Park.

The Dolly Blues were made to pay for an opening half hour where they failed to get a grasp on the game after completely shuffling their defensive line.

Michael Stringfellow and Neil Marshall moved to centre back whilst Ryan Elderton and Simon Wills moved to full back and all four had a torrid time for the opening 30 minutes.

It took just eight minutes for the hosts to fire in a warning shot, Daniel Lambert blasting over when clean through on goal.

City were soon behind on the quarter hour however, Liam Davis got the better of Marshall and hit a strike across goal that neatly found the bottom-right corner.

Danny McDonald had to be on good form to save smartly from Liam Dawson’s close-range effort shortly after before City had a rare chance from a free-kick blazed over by Dave Swarbrick.

The hosts doubled their lead just before the half-hour mark when Lambert made amends for his earlier miss, having time and space to fire a shot into the bottom-right corner past McDonald to put the home side completely in control.

After the restart however, The Dolly Blues began to slowly to get a foothold in the game and pulled one back eight minutes before half-time.

Darren Green hit a first-time volley from 20 yards that dipped beautifully over keeper Adam Reid into the top corner to half the deficit.

And City were unlucky not to be level just before half-time when Lee Dodgson’s headed effort from close range produced a fine reaction save from Reid.

The second half descended into a physical and ugly affair, with the visitors unhappy Jack Webb only saw yellow for an elbow on Ryan Elderton which left the defender bloodied and unable to continue.

To make matter worse, Prescot increased their lead shortly after, Joe Evans’ shot from range rebounded off Marshall right into the path of Jonathan Bathurst who had a simple finish from six yards on the hour mark.

Green had a chance to reduce the deficit but couldn’t beat a sprawling Reid through on goal whilst Rob Wilson saw his curling effort tipped round the post as City threw everything at Cables.

After the referee didn’t award a penalty to Lancaster when Green’s cross appeared to be blocked by the outstretched hand of defender Dave Dempsey, if felt like it wasn’t going to be City’s day.

Dempsey used his hand on the edge of the box to block a ball and stop Swarbrick racing in on goal moments later, the Calbes man seeing yellow this time around.

Green did eventually get his second and it came in spectacular fashion.

Thirty-five yards from goal the striker audaciously chipped the ball over ‘keeper Reid into the net to reduce the arrears with City’s goal of the season so far.

But it was scant consolation as the Dolly Blues fell to their second consecutive defeat.

Lancaster City: McDonald 7, Wills 5, Stringfellow 5, Marshall 5, Elderton 6 (Clark), Swarbrick 5, Winder 7, Wilson 7, Dodgson 6, Taylor 5 (Kilifin), Green 8. Subs not used: Simpson, McKenna.

Star man: Darren Green - Two fantastic individual efforts for City’s top scorer.