Controversy as Dolly Blues snatch late winner

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Clitheroe started the New Year with a home setback against Lancaster City - courtesy of a late goal in the sides’ fourth meeting of the season.

The Blues had enjoyed 3-1 and 7-2 wins, while the Dolly Blues beat Simon Garner’s side 3-0 in November.

First Division North match between Clitheroe (blue strip) v Lancaster City.'Good work from Clitheroe's Danny Brady on the right wing.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'1-1-2015

First Division North match between Clitheroe (blue strip) v Lancaster City.'Good work from Clitheroe's Danny Brady on the right wing. PIC BY ROB LOCK'1-1-2015

Clitheroe kicked off, playing with the deluge of rain and gusts of wind, and the first half was dominated by the Shawbridge side, their attacking intent cumulating in Sefton Gonzales finding himself with a chance inside the box, smartly saved by the feet of Lancaster keeper Mike Hale.

The Blues continued to pile on the pressure, although the final pass often went astray, and Lancaster’s only threat came when Matthew Poole saw his strike fly off target.

Leading up to half-time, however, the Dolly Blues began to dominate, and fantastic efforts from Poole and Josh Draycott forced Palffy into action, with Draycott also unfortunate in hitting the bar.

The second half wore on in much the same vain, with the visiting team increasing their pressure on the Clitheroe back four.

Roberto Bonaminio came to the rescue, clearing a header off the line as the Blues were pushed back.

The torrent of fierce rain continued its attack, and the 70th minute onwards saw the game open dramatically, with both sides on the attack, full-blooded challenges and the often unpredictable surface giving fans a spectacle.

Ross Dent hit the post in the 82nd minute, followed by a Reece Pearce curler which was parried by Palffy, as the sides remained level.

The 89th minute saw the talking point of the match, as Gary Hunter slotted the winner home for the Dolly Blues.

However, referee Parmenter and his fellow officials failed to spot the extra ball that had entered the pitch, and if he had, then the goal wouldn’t have stood and both teams would have ended the day with a point.