Lancaster captain Simm: Now let’s finish off great season

Captain Ben Simm in action for Lancaster against Morecambe.
Captain Ben Simm in action for Lancaster against Morecambe.

Lancaster captain Ben Simm hopes his side can finish the season on a high after an excellent Northern League campaign.

The Lune Road outfit’s title challenge has faded in recent weeks but they are still on course for their first top three finish in more than 20 years, which the off spinner believes would be a fantastic achievement.

He said: “I think the last time we finished in the top three was 1990.

“If we can stay in third it would be a very good achievement.

“You look at Leyland who have been up there in the first part of the season in recent years and then fallen away and Barrow have done the same in the past.

“So it’s only a positive thing that we’ve been up there challenging, even if we have dropped off recently.

“It’s about learning from this and taking it into next season. I think we’ve shocked a few people.”

Simm’s side host champions-elect Barrow, 12 points clear at the top with three weekends of the season to go, on Saturday after seeing last weekend’s clash with Chorley washed out.

A top-four finish would see Lancaster qualify for the coveted Lancashire Cup.

Simm said: “Barrow have got a few tough games to go but it’s in their hands and they’d be deserving winners.

“There could still be a few twists and turns with Leyland in second though.

“We’re not going to roll over for Barrow so the title is decided a couple of weeks before the end of the season. Nobody wants that.

“We really want to be part of the Lancashire Cup, we haven’t played in it for a while.

“It would also be nice to get one over on Barrow and really show we deserve to be up at the top of the league.”