MATCH REPORT: Gainsborough Trinity 2; City 4

Lancaster City survived a rally by Gainsbrough Trinity as they came away 4-2 victors to make it back to back wins for the first time this season.  

A first half hat trick by David Norris saw the Dolly Blues come away with three important away points. 

The opening 19 minutes were a preverbal arm wrestle with both sides having equal chances. 

However, it was Lancaster City who grabbed the first goal when a corner from Sam Bailey found the head of David Norris who headed the ball into the back of the net to give the Dolly Blues the lead. 

The home side had several chances themselves the closest coming when a corner came in and was headed over the bar with Ashton tipping it over. 

Lancaster City doubled their lead in the 29th minute when the ball was played out wide with Jason Walker providing an assist to Norris who tapped the ball in for his second. 

David Norris then secured his hat trick three minutes from half time with a shot on goal 15 yards out leaving the Trinity keeper confused. 

Despite leading 3-0 at half time the match turned out to be a tale of two halves. 

It took Gainsbrough ten minutes to score their first goal of the second half after applying various amounts of pressure on the City defence with substitute Branden Horton putting the ball into the back of the net from just outside the box. 

City responded quickly though as Jason Walker lobbed the keeper from inside the area to make it 4-1. 

Lancaster were reduced to ten men though when Luke Thompson was shown a second yellow in the 65th minute. 

Trinity then hit back with their second goal a stunning strike from Curtis Morrison found the back of the net from thirty yards out. 

But the Dolly Blues managed to keep their defence tight for the remainder of the game to come away 4-2 victors.  

By Ethan O’Gorman