Neil Marshall column: I relish physical battles

Neil Marshall and Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock.
Neil Marshall and Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock.
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Despite the defeat at Droylsden on Saturday I thought we more than matched one of the top sides in the league.

Unfortunately, in parts, it was the same old story for us.

There wasn’t much in the game but once we conceded one early goal we conceded a second pretty quickly and it was an uphill battle from there.

Killer (Tom Kilifin) had a really good chance shortly before half-time which would have been a really good time to score and then we weren’t without chances in the second half either.

We really pinned them back after the break but couldn’t find a way through.

I think we’ve got to take the positives though because they’re second in the table and it was far from a comfortable win for them.

It was a real battle as well.

I don’t mind lenient referees, you expect them at our level and I don’t mind a strong challenge myself, but the one on Saturday took things a bit too far.

I must have been elbowed three times in the face by their number nine but people who know me will be well aware that I’m always up for challenges like that.

We’ve had a bit of a different week because we’ve trained on Monday and haven’t had a game on a Tuesday.

In a way you want to play to try and get back to winning ways as soon as possible and have a midweek game.

But it’s been good to get some time on the training field and I’ve also had a couple of niggles this season so I’ll never complain about a little rest.

It means we won’t have any excuses for another long journey over to Yorkshire to face Ossett Town on Saturday.

As I’ve said on many occasions there are no bad sides in the division and I’m sure they’ll be another physical test for us.

We won’t be taking them lightly but we’ve got a good record on the wrong side of Pennines over the last few years.

We’ve got games against two of the league’s big sides in Salford City and Darlington to come so entering them in good spirits and with points on the board is important.