Lancaster City got back to winning ways with an excellent 3-1 away win at Witton Albion. Without the likes of Matt Blinkhorn, Jason Walker, Brad Carsley, Glenn Steel and Luke Thompson who all missed out through injury, Mark Fell was forced to shuffle the pack and change shape with Rowan Roache playing off David Norris in an unfamiliar role as a lone striker.
The early stages, on a rain soaked Wincham Park pitch were largely played in midfield with both sides looking to establish their authority and an early, robust challenge from Niall Cowperthwaite drew the first yellow card. That was followed by the first chance, Andy Anson heading over from a Danny McKenna corner for the hosts.
As the half progressed the Dollies started to establish themselves, on 32 minutes Paul Dawson linked with Sam Bailey on the right-hand side who crossed for Norris who headed over. But now City were turning the screw, playing some fast-flowing football and on 35 minutes Sam Bailey was played in at the far post but saw his volley well wide.
But as the half drew to a close the Dollies got reward for their front foot play, Jack Armer playing into Norris who set to Rob Wilson who burst into the box and clinically finished past the Witton keeper. And they weren’t finished there, just a minute after the restart City unlocked the Witton defence through Dawson, Norris and Sam Bailey, eventually the cross from the right was parried by the keeper into the path of Charlie Bailey who scuffed his shot into the bottom corner for 2-0.
A two minute double for City was just rewards for a very disciplined display, but credit to Witton who came out of the blocks firing in the 2nd half and reduced the arrears by half after Liam Goulding side footed into the stanchion from 20 yards, a strike that no keeper would stop. But where City have been guilty of not responding well to goals conceded, that wouldn’t be the case tonight. Within 4 minutes of Goulding’s goal, the gap between the teams was back to two goals. Norris with his customary hustle and bustle to win the ball in a high area, he squared to Dawson who unleashed a fierce strike that the keeper could only push out into Rowan Roache who calmly slotted away for 3-1.
From here the Dollies were supreme, keeping Witton pinned in with some high pressing and slick attacking play, the only blemish coming with 20 minutes to go as Cowperthwaite was adjudged to have been over aggressive in the challenge despite getting a foot on the ball, he received his 2nd booking and was dismissed. But the loss of their midfield general didn’t deter the Dollies and they saw out the remainder of the game holding the hosts are arm’s length to record an excellent away win.