LANCASTER City boss Tony Hesketh is refusing to give up on his side’s chances of reaching the play-offs.
City followed up a disappointing 3-1 defeat at promotion-chasing Curzon Ashton on Saturday with a victory by the same score at Mossley on Tuesday night leaving the Dolly Blues relying on others to make the end-of-season deciders.
Hesketh’s side need Garforth and Skelmersdale above them to draw when they play each other on Saturday while City themselves must beat Warrington at Giant Axe by at least four goals to leapfrog them both into the final play-off spot.
The City boss said: “It’s game 42 and we’ve still got something to play for.
“We’ve made it a mountain to climb with our disappointing results over Easter and it’s a case of what might have been.
“If we’d have beaten Clitheroe (on Easter Monday) we’d be going into this game knowing a win would put us in the play-offs.
“But you can look back over the season at one or two points dropped here and there but these are the cards we’ve been dealt.
“There’s a tinge of sadness that we aren’t already in the play-off spots and it’s a long shot, but there’s still plenty to play for.”
Despite the play-offs being unlikely Hesketh paid tribute to the travelling City fans, who turned out in force to see goals from Neil Marshall, Alex Kenyon and Lee Dodgson give the Dolly Blues a vital three points at Mossley.
He said: “There was a fantastic following on Tuesday. I didn’t expect many to turn up but there was a good, vocal support again.
“I spoke with one or two of the them afterwards and they were all hoping Saturday will be a miracle day.”
The three goalscorers all picked up knocks in Tuesday’s win but are expected to be fit for the must-win clash against The Wire, managed by Peter Reid’s younger brother Shaun.
Hesketh said: “Warrington are a decent side and have given us one of our biggest thumpings this season (a 4-0 defeat in February).
“We have to win handsomely but we won’t be playing ridiculous formations with five or six strikers, that doesn’t happen.
“We need a goal every 22.5 minutes or so, so we’ll play the game in four quarters.
“I don’t know much about Shaun Reid, apart from that he did some coaching with his brother and had a short spell at Prescot Cables.
“They’ve had mixed results lately but it was never going to be an easy final game.”
nCity striker Joe Bunney played 45 minutes for England S
choolboys in their 2-0 victory over their Scotland counterparts in front of the Sky Sports cameras at Newcastle United’s Sports Direct Arena last Thursday, April 12.
The Myerscough College student was introduced at half-time and had a hand in England’s first goal, with his flicked header setting Michael Sweet clear to open the scoring.
Bunney’s next England outing is on Thursday, April 26, when the Three Lions host the Republic of Ireland in their latest Centenary Shield game at Brighton’s American Express Community Stadium. The game will also be live on Sky Sports.