Neil Marshall column: It’s been a remarkable turnaround since the turn of the year

Neil Marshall brings the ball out of defence for Lancaster City against Darlington on Saturday. Picture: Tony North
Neil Marshall brings the ball out of defence for Lancaster City against Darlington on Saturday. Picture: Tony North

Saturday’s game against Darlington certainly didn’t feel like an end of season game.

It was a big match in front of a big Giant Axe crowd.

We got a bit of abuse after the game from Darlington fans on Twitter for our tactics during the 0-0 draw.

I think it was completely unjustified.

We certainly weren’t wasting time and it wasn’t like they had chance after chance and we were lucky to come away with a point.

I thought we put in a decent performance and it was a good day all round.

We put in another solid display and spoiled what could have turned into a promotion party.

After their draw at Warrington on Tuesday night it looks like Darlo will play who we think are the best side in the division, Spennymoor, in the play-offs.

Saturday was also the latest in a long line of clean sheets since the turn of the year, a run that’s given everyone a lift ahead of next season.

Before looking at next year we’ve got one game to go though at Harrogate Railway Athletic on Saturday.

A win guarantees we go above them into ninth and defeat for Warrington could even see us finish as high as eighth.

It will be a tough game, as they all are, but we want to end the season as high as we can, even if it looks like to some that there might be nothing to play for.

It’s a remarkable turnaround really considering for so long we were looking down and not up the table.

We really think we can make an impact next season.