Slideshow: Lancaster City 2-1 Rochdale Town

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A Lancaster City side comprising largely of reserve team players overcame an early scare to beat North West Counties Division One side Rochdale Town in the Lancashire FA Trophy.

The young Dolly Blues side were second best in a poor first half but rallied well after the break to draw level and eventually nick the tie.

Rob Henry wins a header.

Rob Henry wins a header.

The visitors were bright in the opening exchanges and deserved their opener on 22 minutes when Jordan James scored.

It was a poor goal to concede as James ghosted in unchallenged at the back post and took advantage of a loose ball after City ‘keeper Mike Hale had saved diving to his left.

It was an inevitable result of good pressure from the visitors as they stretched a young City back four who were left exposed by an errant midfield.

The Dolly Blues did have their chances when they surged out of their own half as reserve team skipper Liam Moffatt and Chris Sawicki both his shots straight at the visiting keeper Michael Smith and wide in turn.

Most of City’s good work came down the right but Ryan Winder’s brilliant series of crosses just alluded Simon Wearing in the box.

Winder came alive in the second half, particularly when he shifted to central midfield; he used the ball well and seemed to drive his side forward.

The other bright note came at centre-back where Gavin Clark and Dan Parkinson; despite having a tough first-half, grew into the game and coped well. Parkinson in particular was good on the ball and sharp in the tackle.

It was Moffatt who pulled City level with his strike inside the box on 65 minutes and it was just about deserved.

The half time oranges and Darren Peacock’s half time team talk must have done the trick as the Dolly Blues were energised and passed the ball better.

Man of the match Winder settled things on 77 minutes when after Wearing won the ball in the centre circle with a crunching tackle and surged forward, he had slipped the ball past a defender to free Winder who finished well side-footed.

It was the classic potential banana skin for City’s much changed young side but they showed character to avoid it and progress to the next round.

Lancaster City: Hale 7, Henry 6, Winder K 5 (Elderton 86), Parkinson 7, Clark 7, Moffatt 5 (Mardell 72), Winder R 8, Mahoney 5, Wearing 6, Liley 6, Sawicki 6

Subs not used: Jackson, Allsopp, Millar

Referee: Christopher Hope

Attendance: 130