Saturday saw Lancaster City run out 2-1 winners against Stafford Rangers, with the second and ultimately defining City goal being scored by new boy Jack Armer.
The young defender latched himself onto a flick-on from Rob Wilson’s free kick on the half-hour mark and made no mistake in blasting the ball past Rangers ‘keeper Lewis Wing and doubling the Dolly Blues lead.
Armer joined City on loan from Preston North End during the summer and has got off to a flyer thanks to his contributions at both ends of the pitch.
The defender was delighted with his debut goal, but Armer was more pleased with achieving the main priority; getting the three points.
“To get a goal on my debut and in the first game of the season is always good, but the three points was the main priority” The youngster stated.
City got off to the perfect start, with Rob Wilson scoring directly from a free kick after just three minutes. Half-an-hour later and it was 2-0, thanks to another Wilson free kick which Armer latched onto. The on-loan defender felt it was a strong first half performance.
“I think in the first half we played well, we created plenty of chances and we could have been 4-0 up at half time” Armer said.
However, the second half was a different story, with Stafford controlling most of it and boxing City in their own half towards last 15 minutes. Fell’s men looked to catch Stafford out on the counterattack due to the amount of men that the away side were throwing forward. Five minutes from time andStafford eventually got a goal back. It took some heroic defending to get the job done and Armer was happy to see the game out despite conceding late on.
“We felt quite a bit of pressure towards the end of the second half as they started to send more men forward”. Said the young loanee.
“We had a couple of chances on the break and I was hoping we’d put one away to see the game out. The lads made a few blocks and some good saves so that was enough to win the game”.
Armer also revealed that the squad had worked on set piece tactics during training, which is clear to see considering both of City’s goals came from free kicks. He had this to say about their set pieces and his goal.
“We’ve worked on quite a few set pieces, mainly corner routines. But, with free kicks you just get them out into a dangerous area and with a good ball in they’re always hard to defend against”.
“I was just hoping for a good ball into the box that would cause them problems. I always try to gamble and anticipate where the ball is going and luckily that was what happened with the header down to me”.
Armer spoke of how happy him and his teammates were to get off the mark with a win and hopes they can do the same again when City face Morpeth on Tuesday.
“Starting the season with a win is always great so we’re all happy with the three points. Hopefully we can take that performance into Tuesday”. Said the youngster.
By Adam Smith