Neil Marshall Column: Solid start gives us confidence ahead of FA Cup

Lancaster City's Shaquille Antoine-Clark battles for the ball against Warrington Town. Picture: John Hopkins
Lancaster City's Shaquille Antoine-Clark battles for the ball against Warrington Town. Picture: John Hopkins

We’ve had two very different draws over the last week.

On Saturday at Droylsden we should have taken all three points.

We created quite a few chances in the first half and at times it was a case of how many we were going to get.

But after the break we were awful in every department to be honest.

We had some decent possession after they went down to 10 men but didn’t make it count.

Tuesday night was a different story and we did really well to get something from the game at Warrington.

We showed a lot of character and deserved the point we got.

It was good to see Mike Hale back in goal. He’s a big player for us. Mike Donlon has done well while he was injured though.

He didn’t get much of a chance last season but has been faultless.

Overall, I think it was two points dropped on Saturday and one gained on Tuesday.

It’s been a solid start overall.

We’ve had tough games where we’ve played some of the league’s top teams.

Warrington was one of those on Tuesday night and we’ve been holding our own which is a good indicator for the season.

It all means we take plenty of confidence into the FA Cup tie at Padiham on Saturday.

It’s a decent draw because they’re in the league below us but we’ve played them in recent seasons and it’ll be a tough test.

We’ve got to make sure we go there in the right frame of mind to get the result we want.