Neil Marshall column: Two more points dropped but we showed character

Neil Marshall during one of his early appearances for Lancaster City.
Neil Marshall during one of his early appearances for Lancaster City.

Another game gone and it’s another one where we couldn’t hold onto our lead and dropped two more points.

Goole have had a couple of good results lately so we knew we couldn’t take the game lightly and with it being our last home game we wanted to put on a good performance for the fans.

We started brightly and scored through and unlikely source, me!

It was my first goal of the season which was long overdue.

We dominated the rest of the half and after the break we managed to double our advantage and put ourselves seemingly on the way to three points.

But we let them back into the game, something which has happened far too many times this season and something we need to address next campaign.

To give them credit, this time they pulled a goal back with a well-worked free-kick.

Soon after that the referee gave them what in my opinion was a very soft penalty.

Their lad smashed the ball from about two yards away into Ryan Elderton’s hand, with the ball going in the opposite direction to the goal.

It’s the usual debate about whether it’s hand ball or ball to hand.

Ryan’s hands were down by his side and there was no way he could have done anything about it.

If the ball was goal-bound I could have understood it but it wasn’t so we felt hard done by.

I think we showed a lot of character in the final stages of the game though, where we could have gone into our shell, like we have done before, particularly against Ossett Town, but instead we pushed forward and had some great chances to get the three points.

This week we got conformation that Darren Peacock is taking charge.

He was watching on Saturday and it has given everyone around the club a big lift.

It’s certainly something for us all to look forward to going into next season.

It’s going to be a proud day for me at Garforth on Saturday as it’s my 300th game for the club and hopefully there will be many more to come.

I’d also like to say a massive thanks to everyone that comes down to Giant Axe.

I hope to see you back next season when we can give the promotion push a real go.