Lancaster City 6-1 Ossett Albion
Z Clark 2, 61, 66, 82 Brunt 15
Lancaster won for the first time in nearly a month today with a big win against fellow play-off hopefuls Ossett Albion in a game full of goals, as the scoreline suggests.
Phil Brown’s side made an excellent start to the game, as Zach Clark found himself one-on-one with Brett Souter in the Ossett goal. His first shot was saved by the legs of the keeper, but he soon netted the rebound without much opposition from the Ossett defence.
Just minutes later the away side grew into the game and looked very impressive going forward, making some quick passes and playing some free-flowing football. They came very close to equalising in the 11th minute when young right-back Declan Dawson hit a powerful shot from around forty yards out, hitting the cross bar and bouncing out. It had all but beat Mike Hale in the Lancaster goal.
Four minutes after Dawson’s spectacular shot, Ossett got the equaliser they’d been looking0 for after Connor Brunt found space and slotted the ball past Mike Hale six yards out.
Zach Clark almost restored the lead of the home side but his 22nd minute shot went just wide. The remainder of the first half was very evenly matched with both sides having chances, and consequently the two sides went in level at the break with it still all to play for in the second half.
City started the second half brightly, and had some early chances with Jacob Davis heading just over the bar following a Ryan Winder corner in the 52nd minute.
Five minutes later the home side took the lead for the second time of the day, after Billy Akrigg got past Ossett’s defence and rounded the keeper before slotting the ball into an open net.
Shortly afterwards City doubled their lead through striker Zach Clark, who shot from the left hand side just before going to ground.
The former Kendal man was looking hungry for goals, and got his hat trick in the 66th minute to extend the home side’s lead to three goals.
Clark wasn’t finished there though, as he found enough energy to score his fourth and Lancaster’s fifth of the game in the 82nd minute. Ossett struggled to contain the attacking threat that the striker posed for the majority of the game, and the body language of captain Danny South summed up Ossett’s day.
New signing Bobby Langford came on as a substitute and impressed in his first appearance for the Dolly Blues, scoring the final goal of the game in the 90th minute to give the City fans a good first impression.
Phil Brown’s side now sit in 9th, two points off the play-offs, and travel to Harrogate Railway next Saturday.
Lancaster City: Hale, Gregory, Marshall(c), Mercer (G Clark 44), Davis, Watson, Winder, Carney, Akrigg, Carlton (Langford 67), Z Clark (Shearwood 84).
Subs not used: Cummings and Rodgerson
Ossett Albion: Souter, Dawson, South (c), Nicholson, Thompson, Sharry (Jones 69), Muller (Hardaker 59), Paylor, Matthews, Eyles (Bordman 74), Brunt.
Subs not used: Potter and Lyn