Bamber Bridge 2-6 Lancaster City

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LANCASTER CITY hammered near neighbours Bamber Bridge on Tuesday night compounding the doom and gloom at Irongate.

City’s closest Evo-Stik rivals are in a financial mess as they struggle to pay off the taxman and they found no comfort on the pitch as the Dolly Blues finally hit form and smashed them for six.

After an unconvincing win at home to Wakefield the previous Saturday, it was high-time for City to show what they were all about and prove they could keep up their play-off push.

An impressive first-half attacking display had all the traits they showed at the start of the season when they went ten games unbeaten.

They attacked at pace, passed the ball well and more importantly scored goals.

They kicked started the scoring through Zac Clark after the winger timed his run to the back-post to perfection and met a cross from Max Rothwell.

After being accused in some circles of failing to link midfield to attack in previous weeks an impressive performance from Rothwell dispelled those fears, Craig Carney was also excellent with the ball at his feet.

It was a great game for the neutral as both sides chased and harried as well as getting the ball down and playing.

For Brig, Ryan Salmon was excellent and a constant threat with his pace while the Mahoney brothers, Matt and Danny, showed the qualities that have seen them play for most of the top teams in this league from Fylde to City themselves.

Joe Bunney started and finished his brace in ten minutes, first volleying into the top corner with a sliced right-footed effort before drilling a shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

Bunney sure can play. With excellent feet and an eye for goal, the youngster will be representing England at schoolboy level this week and has a bright future.

In between Bunney’s goals the home side fired back through captain Michael White who smashed a penalty past Martin Fearon after Craig Carney clumsily bundled over Salmon in the box.

The second half was largely dominated by the home side but they found City’s back-four in a stubborn mood.

They limited Brig’s possession to outside the box and also had the bar to thank as it repelled a thumping free-kick from range from Matt Mahoney.

They got the goal their possession and territory deserved on 65 minutes through substitute Neil Reynolds’ header from an in-swinging corner.

At 3-2 it could have been a tense last 25 minutes but Brig committed the cardinal sin of switching off after scoring and Dave Swarbrick duly punished them with a well-placed header from a Carney angled free-kick.

The gloss and drama was put on the score line in injury time as substitute Danny Hattersley poached on some sloppy defending to grab a late brace.

His second was sublime and stupid as a shocking back pass from Simon Lakeland dropped into his path on the right; he advanced on goal and beautifully chipped the onrushing Brig ’keeper Lee Dovey.

The Dolly Blues must maintain their current form and keep their winning run going in the most difficult of contests as they face table topping Skelmersdale United on Saturday before a Lancashire trophy clash with Southport the following Tuesday.

Bamber Bridge: Dovey, Bowyer (Reynolds 45), Lakeland, Atherton, White, Jones, Waddecar (Watson 60), Mahoney D, Salmon, Mahoney M, Green

Subs not used: Gonzales

Lancaster City: Fearon, Henry, Elderton, Duggan, Gregson, Kenyon, Clark, Carney (Wills 65), Swarbrick, Bunney (Hattersley 79) Rothwell (Meaney 89)

Subs not used: Dodgson, Egerton-Wilson

Referee: Gary Stott

Attendance: 195

Starman: Joe Bunney – Two corking goals and also some brilliant link-up play.