Neil Marshall column: Everyone wants to impress in final game of season

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The final week of the season is a little bit different from usual with new gaffer Darren Peacock taking over for the game against Salford City.

His first training session on Tuesday was a really enjoyable couple of hours.

Everyone was up for it and it was a bit more intense with all the lads having a clean slate and wanting to catch his eye.

I first met up with him last week for a bit of a chat and I’m sure the future will be very bright under his leadership.

He seems really eager to get to work and this can only be good for the players, staff, fans and everyone associated with Lancaster City Football Club.

On the field it was a case of same old story, but a different outcome at Garforth.

Yet again we started the game really brightly and raced into a two-goal lead.

But it wouldn’t be a Lancaster City game recently if we didn’t let them back into it and that’s exactly what we did.

Garforth got two goals back before half-time and we were really subdued at the break.

We knew if we played like we did in the first 20 minutes we would go on and win the game but football doesn’t work like that, you can’t just turn it on and off when it suits.

Sure enough, within 10 minutes of the second half they took the lead and to be honest we were flat and didn’t look like getting back into the game.

It wasn’t until the last 10 minutes that we suddenly clicked into top gear and from then on we looked like scoring every time we went forward.

We know we can’t carry on surrendering leads but it was just nice to get a win when we hadn’t played too well.

It was also my 300th game for City on Saturday.

There have been plenty of highs, like winning the President’s Cup at Witton with Swabba (Dave Swarbrick) getting a hat-trick.

There’s been real lows too, none more so than the play-off final defeat to Colwyn Bay.

I’ll never forget that game with the referee requesting a brush to sweep water from the penalty spot before they scored the winning goal.

I’d just like to say thank you for all the well wishes and messages that I got before the game and to the brilliant away fans who sang my name throughout it.