City went back to winning ways after a well-fought 2-1 victory over playoff rivals Warrington Town.
The Dollies went into this game looking to turn their form around after two back-to-back losses in the Northern Premier League.
Despite going a goal down after Mackreth scored for the visitors on the 10-minute mark, City clawed their way back to win the game thanks to a Charlie Bailey double.
The opening 10 minutes of the first half offered very little in terms of chances, but it was the hosts who took the lead, thanks to Jack Mackreth. He dinked the ball over Ashton after a counterattack from a City corner. 1-0 to the visitors.
It took until the 25th minute for City to create their first decent chance of the game. Norris fired a shot from the edge of the box, but ultimately it was blocked, and Warrington cleared their lines.
From the half-hour mark, City instantly seemed to switch on. Shortly after the visitors came close to doubling their lead, City broke on the counter through Dawson, who picked out Sam Bailey on the left. The latter’s effort was saved, and City had a corner.
From that corner, City got their first of the game. Sam Bailey whipped the ball into the box, the ball got headed back into the mix where it to fall to Charlie Bailey who blasted the ball in from close range. City were level.
The equaliser gave the Dollies a massive boost and were on the front foot for the rest of the first half.
Thanks to a fantastic double save from Warrington’s keeper, the visitors managed to survive, or so they thought.
It was that man Charlie Bailey again, who found himself with the ball on the edge of the box, before drilling a superb effort into the back of Warrington’s net. City led 2-1 just before the half time whistle.
City began the second half as they ended the first. Charlie Bailey came close to claiming his hattrick, but another brilliant stop from the keeper kept the visitors alive.
The game began to open up a bit more, with both sides pushing for another goal. Charlie Bailey was a standout player for the Dollies, making a real impact at both ends of the pitch.
City held strong for the rest of the match, despite Warrington pushing hard towards the latter stages of the game to try and salvage a point.
And just like that it was full time. A hard-fought victory sees the Dollie Blues climb up to third in the table, whilst Warrington fall out of the playoff places to sixth.
By Adam Smith