‘It’s the biggest game in two years’

DOLLY BLUES chairman Mick Hoyle wants the city to come out and support its football club for their big FA Cup tie against FC Halifax Town on Saturday.

Lancaster City are two games away from a possible first round tie against a football league club and are expecting the Yorkshire side to bring around 800 fans to the Giant Axe.

Hoyle said: “We are playing some attractive football and this is the best side we’ve had down here for a few years.

“They’re a top Conference North side and we want people to come out and support the boys.

“People need to realise we’ve come a long way in a few years.

“Halifax have said they’re going to bring 800 fans and we want to build up a crowd ourselves to compete with that.

“It’s the biggest game we’ve had since the play-off final against Colwyn Bay a couple of years ago. We’re just two games from the first round.

“We’ll get £7,500 if we win, it’s a lot of money and can help Lancaster City push for promotion come March and April.”

City go into the game on the back of their most disappointing week of the season so far.

After being dumped out of the FA Trophy 5-1 by Garforth on Saturday, the Dolly Blues lost 2-1 at home to Durham City on Tuesday night, in their return to Evo-Stik First Division North action after three cup games on the bounce.

City last met Halifax when both teams where in the Evo-Stik First Division North a couple of years ago, the Yorkshire side pipping Tony Hesketh’s side to the title.

City captain Neil Marshall said: “When you get to this stage of the FA Cup everyone is thinking about the first round proper.

“We owe Halifax one from the last time we played them, Since then they’ve gone up a couple of levels and we’ve stayed where we are.

“We got 96 points that season which usually would have been enough to win the league by miles.”

Marshall, who recently spent a week training with Ian Holloway’s Blackpool, sees Saturday’s game as the perfect opportunity for the Dolly Blues to put recent bad results behind them.

He said: “In the first half at Garforth we played pretty well but in the second we fell away a bit and lost some confidence which I think carried on to Tuesday (against Durham).

“I suppose we’ve got the right game to get it back.

“I’m the kind of player where the better the opposition is, the better I play.

“I raise my game and hopefully some of the younger lads will too.

“The crowd will be like it was for FC United (in the previous round). It spurs you on and gives you that extra motivation.

“We don’t want to think about the first round too much, but that’s the aim.”