Match Report: Charnock Richard 1, City 5

Lancaster City’s ambitions to reach the latter stages of the Lancashire Challenge Trophy played into hand when they travelled to Chorley to take on Charnock Richard.

A brace from Bradley Carsley saw the Dolly Blues leave Mossie Park with a 5-1 victory over a side that has previously boasted back to back 4-0 victories.

Sitting third in the Northern Premier League and on a eight game unbeaten run, confidence was high in the City camp and that confidence transpired onto the pitch.

The game got underway and immediately Lancaster City took the advantage when the ball was worked out to Paul Dawson who’s pinpoint cross found the head of Brad Carsley who headed home to give City a 1-0 inside the first minute.

City’s goal scoring antics continued with Rob Wilson slamming the ball into the back of the net from 25 yards out following a free kick given away by the hosts.

After eleven minutes of action and two goals ahead, City showed their only cracks of the game when a perfectly timed pass found Richard player Oliver Oxley who slotted the ball past Sam Ashton.

Despite being in front, Lancaster started to feel the pressure, however Kieron Feeney restored the Dolly Blues two goal advantage when Jack Armer fed a pass to Barnsley and Wolves academy product Feeney who slid home to give Mark Fells side a 3-1 lead.

The half time whistle sounded and Lancaster had a comfortable lead and one foot in the quarter finals of the Challenge Trophy.

As the temperature dropped and a mist rolled in the second half got underway. Just like the first half started it was Lancaster who got off to the better.

A corner kick into the box was met by Paul Dawson who under pressure side footed the ball into the net from close range to make it 4-1 to City.

Lancaster grabbed their fifth and final goal after some fantastic defence from Charnock to deny them earlier on.

A cross into the box from Sam Bailey hit the post and came back to the feet of Brad Carsley who slotted the ball home at the far end of the field to make it 5-1 and thus sending City through to the Quarter Finals of the Lancashire Challenge Trophy.