Sinclair: Lancaster looking up and not down table0

Matty Poole leads the charge for Lancaster City at Clitheroe.  Picture: Rob Lock.
Matty Poole leads the charge for Lancaster City at Clitheroe. Picture: Rob Lock.

Trevor Sinclair is confident Lancaster City’s fine start to 2015 means they are looking up and not down the Evo-Stik First Division North table.

The Dolly Blues look to have kickstarted their stuttering season with 1-0 wins at Clitheroe and New Year’s Day and at home to Bamber Bridge two days later.

Lancaster City v Harrogate Railway Athletic. Picture: Tony North'Trevor Sinclair

Lancaster City v Harrogate Railway Athletic. Picture: Tony North'Trevor Sinclair

City, 14th in the Evo-Stik First Division North, next travel to Yorkshire to face Brighouse Town this Saturday looking for a third win in a row.

Sinclair said: “We’ve had some awful luck.

“We’ve had many. many chances in games and come away with nothing.

“It can be demoralising for the players when you’re playing well and hitting the bar or the keeper’s man of the match.

“You’ve just got to stick in there.

“We’ve got a young squad and the lads are starting to realise that if we can keep a clean sheet, especially early in the game, then you give yourself a great chance.

“Creatively we haven’t got a problem.

“Pooly’s (Matty Poole. who scored the winner against Bamber Bridge) brought something different to our attacking game and we’re always going to create chances.

“I think the penny has dropped.

“Hopefully now we’re looking up and not down the table.”

The wins came courtesy of two late goals, from Garry Hunter at Clitheroe and Poole against Bamber Bridge, with City battling hard in both games, a quality that impressed Sinclair.

The former England winger said: “We’ve lost by the odd goal on numerous occasions so for us to get the rub of the green was great.

“They were both really tight games, especially Bamber Bridge, so it was really pleasing a get a couple of wins.

“We showed good team spirit and character in not conceding goals.”

The Blues have been depleted during the two vital wins with Sinclair believing performances can only improve when key players return.

The City number two said: “We’ve had players out too.

“Aaron Taylor is out, Tom Kilifin is out and Ryan Winder is out too.

“You could argue we’ve picked up two wins without three of our best players. It will be a big boost when those three are back.

“The other lads rolled up their sleeves though.

“Players like Garry Hunter have been very, very pivotal in our performances.

“He’s had the flu and been really struggling but he’s kept going when he shouldn’t be playing.

“I think the other lads have seen that. It can’t always come from the management team and Garry’s a real leader in the dressing room.”

There is a club coach travelling to Brighouse with seats available for supporters. Call 01524 382238.

After the game in Yorkshire, City host Marine in the last 16 of the Doodson Sport Cup at Giant Axe on Tuesday, January 13.