Wakefield FC failed to ease their Evo-Stik Division 1 relegation fears as Lancaster City left the Rapid Solicitors Stadium with a comprehensive 4-1 victory on Saturday.
The defeat stretched the Bears’ winless run to eleven matches and saw City gain revenge for a 1-0 defeat against Paul Lines’s men earlier in the season.
The visitors opened the scoring in the 13th minute through David Swarbrick and the same player doubled City’s advantage just six minutes later to leave Wakefield with it all to do.
The hosts did manage to reduce the deficit straight after half-time through Lee Turner but that was as good as it got as Lancaster’s defence held firm.
New signing Joshua Cartman, who impressed on his debut, saw a header tipped over the bar by the visiting goalkeeper and Tom Marsden also came close on two occasions as Lines’s men searched for the leveller.
It did not come, and Daniel Gregson all-but sealed the win for City before Darren Green completed the scoring with a minute to go.
Ossett Albion almost produced a stunning comeback at high-flying Ramsbottom United but suffered another defeat in a seven-goal thriller.
The visitors endured a torrid first-half, trailing 3-0 at half-time and it could have been more.
Jon Robinson opened the scoring for the hosts after just five minutes and a brace of Lee Gaskell strikes saw United 3-0 up after just 15 minutes.
Albion produced a spirited second-half performance, inspired by the introduction of Alex Booker and Joe Fox. Both got on the scoresheet to get the visitors right back into the game.
Grant Spencer edged Ramsbottom further ahead in the 75th minute but a Fox penalty two minutes later ensured a tense finish.
Albion could not find that equalising goal, however, and United held on to inflict another defeat on relegation-threatened Albion.
A Lee Rick goal was enough to give Marine a slender 1-0 victory over Ossett Town at Ingfield.
Town boss Craig Elliott bemoaned his side’s lack of creative spark but thought the game had a goalless draw written all over it.
“If I am being honest I felt it was a 0-0 game as neither side created many clear cut chances, especially in the second half,” he said.
“We definitely did not have the creative spark needed going forward unlike the week before when we created a lot of chances and looked dangerous every attack”.