Connerton’s back to fire Lancaster City to promotion

Jordan Connerton looks to beat his man against Harrogate Railway Athletic.
Jordan Connerton looks to beat his man against Harrogate Railway Athletic.
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Jordan Connerton has unfinished business at Lancaster City.

The striker’s last game of his first spell at the club before a £35,000 move to Crewe Alexandra was the Dolly Blues’ heartbreaking play-off final defeat to Colwyn Bay at Giant Axe back in May 2010.

And having returned to the club in November the 24-year-old is determined to fire City to promotion and prove any doubters wrong.

“(The play-off final defeat) was a sad way to go,” said Connerton.

“I heard a lot of people say that I wasn’t really bothered after I got the move and I didn’t care but that’s just not true.

“My performance dipped in the second half of the season because I was fatigued, I hadn’t done a full season before.

“And when I signed in the January, Crewe didn’t want to send me back to Lancaster, Dario Gradi wanted to put me in the first team, but I asked to come back because I wanted to help the club get promoted.

“Some of the stuff I heard was a bit disappointing because I scored 40 goals that season and earned the club a lot of money.

“But I don’t see why we can’t get promoted this season.

“I fully expect us to get in the play-offs.”

It has been a rocky road for the natural finisher since he first left City for full-time football.

His spell at Crewe, which included a spell on loan in Iceland, was blighted by injury.

He has since played for Workington and Kendal Town and when fit, proved his undoubted goalscoring prowess.

“I had a double hernia when I was at Crewe and then another procedure,” said Connerton.

“Then back in October (2013) I had something called the Lloyd Release which released the pressure in each groin making running, striking, everything easier really.

“Thankfully at the moment I’m not feeling pain during or after games.”

And that means the Lancaster-born forward is already amongst the goals on his return to Giant Axe.

“I’m confident I’ll always score goals,” he said.

“With a bit of luck I could have had a few more (since his return).

“It’s about getting match fitness now and I think I’m getting there.

“It’s good to be back.

“I know this club and everyone involved. It’s where it all started.”

Some things have changed however with Connerton working under a new head coach in Darren Peacock.

“Darren’s a really nice guy,” he said.

“He clearly knows what he’s talking about and has obviously got a wealth of experience.

“He’s quite laid back and has George Norrie helping him.

“He worked really hard with Mick (Hoyle) to bring me back.

“Mick called me right at the end of last season (when at Workington) and I nearly joined then.

“It’s a shame he’s gone and I for one hope he comes back.”

As for matters on the field, Connerton is confident City can secure a coveted play-off place in the congested Evo-Stik First Division North.

“It’s nip and tuck up there at the moment,” he said.

“Curzon (Ashton) look like they could be the ones to beat but then there’s five or six teams going for four places.

“But I fully expect us to get into the play-offs and then they are a lottery like we saw a couple of years ago against Colwyn Bay.”

Hopefully for Connerton and the City fans, the Dolly Blues will have a winning ticket this time around.