MATCH REPORT: City 1, Atherton Collieries 0

David Norris’ 90th minute winner gives Dollies second league win of the season.

Lancaster City secured all three points at Giant Axe in a tight game against Atherton Collieries on a sunny Bank Holiday afternoon.

The match started lively enough with both sides enjoying their fair share of chances in the opening ten minutes.

Then at the 13th minute mark, the best chance so far fell to the visitors. Dollies defender Lewis Fensome was called into action and pulled off a stunning goal line clearance to deny Atherton an opening goal.

It was then City’s turn to try and open the scoring with Sam Bailey attempting a long-range effort that forced a save from Atherton goalkeeper Theo Roberts.

The rest of the first half saw City gather momentum going forward and applying the pressure on the Atherton defence.

Merely a few minutes before the half time whistle blew, there was a potential penalty shout for the Blues’ as the ball looked to have hit an arm in the Atherton box. But the referee did not give a penalty.

The second half carried on how the first half ended, with City pushing forward against a strong and stubborn Atherton defence.

In the 76th minute, City looked to have found a breakthrough goal, but the celebrations were cut short when the referee disallowed the goal for an apparent handball in the build-up.

As a stalemate result was looking more and more likely. In the 90th minute, David Norris got his head on the end of a flying Jack Armer cross and directed the ball past Roberts in the Atherton net.

There was barely any time left to play after the celebrations before the referee whistled for full time, giving the Dollies a hard fought but well deserved victory at Giant Axe.


By James Thompson