An intriguing battle between the two clubs ranked 6th and 9th respectively coming into today’s game at a slightly cold but thankfully not wet or windy Giant Axe Stadium in the county city of Lancaster.
I did wonder when checking the programme that Ossett Town had a kit that was all red,Was this some psychological attempt by wearing the Red Rose colour in the county city?
Thankfully the trains were running today,the recent weather left speed restrictions yesterday on the WCML with just 50mph from Preston.
A few facts about Lancaster is that three of its most famous people who hail from this beautiful city are the comedian Jon Richardson from 8 Out Of 10 Cats,Jim Bowen the former host of Bullseye which seemed forever to be giving people from Tamworth either a speedboat or caravan for getting the 101! and singer John Waite of “Missing You” fame.
This is a very hilly place to visit,You need plenty of stamina indeed the uphill walk back to the train station is that stiff it makes Carlisle and Towcester look like a mere stroll!
Both teams came in from indifferent results on Boxing Day,Lancaster drew 2-2 with Kendal Town and Ossett Town beat Ossett Albion 4-1.
This was a hard fought victory for Lancaster City who took the lead after four minutes when forward Jordan Connerton easily rolled in a cross from the right to put City 1-0 up and gave him his fourth goal this month.
After this their was a period of domination by Town and the midfield duo of Danny Paterson and Luke Sharry shots from outside the box going wide and over the sticks before later when Fernando Moke who went into the area before getting his attempt cleared quickly by the City defense.
Lancaster tried to double their lead and were unlucky on 34 minutes when Josh Donnelly hit the bar before defender Glenn Steel saw his free kick go over.
Just before half time Ossett Town equalised when a corner was met by the head of Ryan Qualter.
Half Time Lancaster City 1-Ossett Town 1
Second half commenced under the lights as darkness arrived,after getting a cuppa and the last Mars from Dolly’s Diner it was back to the main stands as act two began.
Both teams came charging out of the blocks ,Lancaster tried to go back in front from a couple of minutes in as a Simon Wills attempt but this was easily saved, Town quickly responded when a beautifully struck shot by James Eyles that curled in the air was safefully caught by Lancaster goalie Sam Dobbs.
Either of the two trying to get the upper hand as the second half continued was going to be very tricky but Lancaster eventually went two up as a fierce strike by Mark Jackson flew by Town keeper Sam Dobbs before hitting the post as it went over the line.
Lancaster continued to bombard the Town defence to finish the job off but they could not find a way past,as for Town they had an attempt in injury time but it was not to be.
Full Time Lancaster City 2 Ossett Town 1, Attendance 220.
An interesting contest it proved to be here with Lancaster working hard for the three points,Their manager Darren Peacock who was a more than useful defender in his prime with Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers is doing a quiet yet more than adequate job here as he earns his management spurs, I would not be shocked at all if in a few years he ends up at a football league club,no doubt the likes of local clubs Preston,Fleetwood and Morecamble will have designed on him in the future,his Lancaster team like to play and pass the ball which can be difficult on non league pitches.
I bet many of you reading have been passed the Giant Axe Stadium,if you sit on the left going to Scotland by train then you see it as soon as the train pulls out of Lancaster station along with Crewe its probably the best ground to get to by public transport.
Below,The main stand.
Below,Bit of match action.