Neil Marshall column: Play-offs are the aim

Captain Neil Marshall and head coach Darren Peacock during Lancaster City pre-season training.
Captain Neil Marshall and head coach Darren Peacock during Lancaster City pre-season training.

Well it’s that time of the season again.

The game that we look forward to all summer is this Saturday at Giant Axe against Farsley.

All the hard work is over now so it’s time to get down to business.

We’ve had a fairly good pre-season but we all know it was just the time to get our fitness levels back, try out new things and get to know the new lads.

We’ve had some good performances in patches so I just hope we can knit it all together this weekend.

There’s been a change in the management structure over the summer and I have to say that Trev (former England international Trevor Sinclair) has come in with some new ideas and everyone is really enjoying working with him and the gaffer (Darren Peacock).

The experience they bring can only help us looking ahead to the new season.

On Saturday it starts with a tough game against Farsley. They, like us, are always up near the top end of the league so we will have to be on top of our game if we want to start with a win.

Looking more longer term, it looks like it’s going to be a really competitive league, maybe even the toughest it’s been for a long time.

You’d expect Salford City to be up there with the backing of the Class of 92 and there’s some other really big clubs, the likes of Scarborough and Darlington.

With their fan bases they should be up there and that’s before you even start talking about the usual suspects, Bamber Bridge, Warrington and the rest.

All the gaffer wants us to do is improve on last season and that would mean the play-offs.

And that’s what we’re all certainly aiming for having come so close last year.