Neil Marshall column: Derby with Kendal might be the most interesting one yet

Lancaster City captain Neil Marshall bids to win the ball back at Spennymoor. Picture: David Nelson
Lancaster City captain Neil Marshall bids to win the ball back at Spennymoor. Picture: David Nelson

Derbies with Kendal Town are always interesting but this one might be the best one yet.

I think there’s seven or eight players that have changed hands this season with a couple even going back from where they came.

We can’t let emotion come into things though. We just need to keep our heads straight and focus on the three points.

We’re hoping the rain stays away and we have a couple of dry days because with it being a derby on Boxing Day there will hopefully be a good crowd.

People think it might be an easy afternoon for us with the financial problems Kendal are having.

They’ve lost a lot of players and Stringy (manager Michael Stringfellow) has gone too.

But they will still have 11 players out there including the likes of Connie (former Dolly Blues striker Jordan Connerton) and Sam and Charlie Bailey.

We go into the game having seen three points slip away at Spennymoor in the last minute on Saturday.

I think before the game we would have definitely taken a point.

To concede so late like that did make it feel like a defeat at the time.

But looking back now it’s a good point against a side who have put three or four past us the last few times we have played them.

It was a good performance and it was good to get something from the game.

The match marked the returns of Craig Carney and Tom Kilifin to our side and they boosted us massively to be honest.

Craig has come back to us an all-action midfielder and Tom is a really mobile centre forward.

Things are certainly looking good on that front for the next few weeks.

After Kendal we have a quick turnaround for the game at Prescot Cables on Monday.

A good run at Christmas can change the table pretty quickly and I think we’ve got the squad to do it with 17 or 18 lads now who are ready to do a job.