Lions in Disappointing Trophy Exit

On a freezing cold night at a foggy Nethermoor it was the visitors Lancaster City who deservedly went through to set up home tie against Blyth Spartans in the Buildbase FA Trophy First Round Proper on Saturday.

In complete contrast the Lions now have a free date with their next game being a trip to Harrogate Town on Monday night before travelling to Nuneaton Borough on Saturday 22nd December, we then return to Nethermoor on Boxing Day when we entertain Bradford Park Avenue.

Although they drew first blood after just nine minutes when Kaine Felix broke free of his marker and crossed for Rowan Liburd to score at the second attempt it was Lancaster who showed the greater determination and they equalised in the 21st minute through Matthew Blinkhorn.

Having been awarded a contentious looking free kick the ball as floated over the wall for the unmarked Blinkhorn to head into the top corner.

Before this Jon Worsnop had pulled off a fantastic stop to claw Robert Wilson’s shot out of the top corner.

The game remained fairly even up to the break with neither side really troubling either keeper in an uninspiring first half.

Matters didn’t improve much in the second as the home side struggled to get a grip on the game.

The decisive goal came in the 71st minute when Guiseley failed to clear their lines and Steve Williams had the easy task of poking the ball home to give the Lancastrians the lead.

Despite three substitutions and going three at the back the Lions huffed and puffed to no effect and exited the Trophy with a whimper.

Team:

1-Worsnop

2-Moyo

3-Heaton

4-Purver (Hatfield)

5-Thornton (Clayton)

6-Halls

7-Felix (Clayton)

8-James

9-Liburd

10-Walters

11-Walsh (Morrison)

Subs:

12-Hatfield

13-Green

14-Smith

15-Morrison

16- Clayton