Lancaster City 1 v 1 Witton Albion (Bet Victor Northern Premier League)
As the Premier League & Football League cancelled all professional football matches until the 3rd April 2020 due to a worldwide outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). Football fans across the country turned to their local non league teams in order to get their weekly fix of football. Bet Victor Northern Premier League side Lancaster City welcomed supporters from Blackburn Rovers, Blackpool, Morecambe, Sunderland and Plymouth Argyle.
After beating Atherton Collieries in the Lancashire Senior Cup Semi-Final on Tuesday evening, Lancaster City returned to Bet Victor Northern Premier League action this weekend with the visit of Witton Albion to the Giant Axe. The club paid its respects to former player Stuart Lowther with a minutes applause before the game, Lowther spent 5 season’s with the club making over 100 appearances in the North West Counties League.
Lancaster City started the game the stronger of the two sides and nearly went in front on four mintes, when Jack Armer hit an outstanding shot from the edge of the Witton Albion box, which was tipped around his left-hand post for a corner. A minute later Paul Dawson had another shot at goal from the edge of the box, which was comfortable saved by Chris Renshaw in the visitors goal.
On twelve minutes, James Hooper was put clean through on goal for the visitors but Sam Ashton came off his line to make an excellent save and turn the ball away for a corner. Just three minutes later, Sam Bailey got ahead of James Hooper but the ball deflected behind him and Hooper almost capitalises.
The home side went close again on twenty-one minutes, when Charlie Bailey tried to pick out the top left corner from the edge of the box, but Chris Renshaw in the visiting goal was equal to the shot and turned it away for a corner. Just one minute later, Danny Pilkington slipped Jack Armer in on goal, but his chipped effort went wide of the left hand post.
On twenty-six minutes, with the home side well on top a short corner found Sam Bailey who curled a low cross into the box, the ball evades everyone before Niall Cowperthwaite collected the ball but he scuffed his effort wide. The visitors then went close on thirty-two minutes as Billy Smart headed over at the far post.
The Dolly Blues, then had another chance to take the lead when Brad Carsley’s effort is cleared away from goal. Sam Bailey then collected the ball and crossed for Brad Carsley but he couldn’t get enough power into his header to trouble visiting keeper Renshaw.
On forty-three minutes, a long cross field ball found Jack Armer at the edge of the visitors penalty area. Armer controlled the ball before tapping the ball passed the defender who brought him down, leaving referee Alan Bennett no option but to point straight to the spot. Paul Dawson stepped up and sent Chris Renshaw the wrong way to give City a 1-0 lead.
Lancaster City continued to put the pressure on the Witton Albion defence at the start of the second-half and on fifty-five minutes, Brad Carsley headed the ball down into the path for Charlie Bailey but his shot was sliced wide of the target. Just seconds later Wardle almost scored an own goal as he headed a cross passed his own goalkeeper for a corner.
On sixty-seven minutes, Jack Armer floated a the ball into the box for Brad Carsley who glanced a header agonisingly wide from close range, when he should have made it 2-0.
Witton Albion drew level on seventy-one minutes, when James Foley fired home from close range, following an excellent pass from Issac Baldwin to make the score 1-1. The final effort of the half fell to the home side when Brad Carsley had another chance on the visitors goal but he headed the ball wide and the full-time score ended 1-1.
Just two days after the match, all football at non-league level was postponed due to the worldwide coronavirus which has so far killed thoudands of people around the world, this could be may last match report for a number of months, so stay safe and I look forward to visit the Giant Axe again soon.
Lancaster City – Ashton, S.Bailey, Armer, Willis, Hudson, Cowperthwaite, C.Bailey, Dawson, Blinkhorn, Carsley, Pilkington (Subs) Rydel, Fagan, Smith, Winder, Povey
Witton Albion – Renshaw, Baldwin, Short, Wardle, Duffus, Johnson, McKenna, Owens, Hooper, Smart, Foley (Subs) Sambor, Ryan, Booth, Byrne, Nield
Goals – (Lancaster City) Dawson (43p) (Witton Albion) Foley
Attendance – 398