Lancaster City were held 3-3 in an action-packed friendly at former boss Tony Hesketh’s Fulwood Amateurs on Saturday.
Louis Mayers scored two superb goals for the Dolly Blues with Charlie Russell also notching to continue his impressive pre-season form.
At the other end a host of traditional pre-season formation and personnel changes ensured a choppy time at the back which allowed Hesketh’s West Lancashire Premier Division side back into the game in the second half.
The first half was fast-paced but low on real chances with Mayers smashing off the post from long range with decision making by City in the final third showing understandable signs of rust.
Ged Smith opened the scoring for Fulwood with a low curled free-kick just before half-time.
The second half was a much better attacking display from City, Mayers heading home Billy Akrigg’s cross minutes after the restart to draw level.
The former Clitheroe striker then got his second as he superbly controlled Danny Shearwood’s pass in a crowded box before dinking the ball into the net to give Lancaster the lead.
Substitutions then began to flow and the game became more open.
Fulwood equalised after some miscommunication at the back allowed an easy finish from eight yards.
Russell then curled in a delightful effort from 25 yards into the top-right corner to give City a lead that didn’t last too long.
A lobbed effort only just escaped the foot of stand-in right back Simon Wills on the line to even the scores at 3-3.
Chances came and went for both sides with Terry Cummings being denied a winner by a last-gasp save from close range.
Phil Brown’s men next host a Morecambe XI at Giant Axe on Tuesday night, kick-off 7.30pm.