Neil Marshall column: Derby games could be ones that shape season

Lancaster City captain Neil Marshall.
Lancaster City captain Neil Marshall.
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I think there’s three teams going for the final play-off place.

There’s Bamber Bridge, Ramsbottom United and ourselves.

Other teams above us might drop points but all we’ve got to do is win as many games as we can and see where we end up.

The games against Bamber Bridge are going to be the big ones. They are always great local derbies but we haven’t played them in the league this season so we’ve got them home and away in March.

With a key period coming up it was good to get back to winning ways at Burscough on Saturday.

Despite the bad weather, the pitch wasn’t too bad and was quite firm.

It was just really bobbly so we knew there were going to be mistakes and one from them led to Killer’s (Tom Kilifin) goal.

Having scored early doors we just couldn’t get that killer second goal but it was fairly comfortable and was a much-needed three points after two defeats.

It was an away game and it’s always tough at Burscough so it was good to grind out a result because we haven’t had too many clean sheets this season.

On Saturday Mossley are the visitors to Giant Axe and we owe them one from earlier in the season.

We played them twice in a week in the league and cup back in October and lost both games.

But we’re always confident playing at home.

One disappointing thing this week was seeing Mark Jackson go back to Skelmersdale.

I’ve played with him for several years and we’ll definitely miss him but as the saying goes, life goes on.

Simon Wills has also headed off to Australia. Scholesy is a classic bulldog midfielder and I know I’d certainly rather be playing with him than against him.

We’ll miss him too but there are opportunities for other players now.