Lancaster City’s director of football is pleased with the commitment shown by his threadbare squad in recent weeks.
Mick Hoyle, currently the Dolly Blues’ caretaker boss, has just 12 senior players due to recent budget cuts but has praised their efforts despite a disappointing run of results.
He said: “We’re down to the bare bones.
“We’ve lost our last three by the odd goal and I think we should have won two of those.
“Those teams are up challenging for the play-offs as well.
“But the application the commitment has been very good, we just need that bit of luck.
“We’re down to 12 and it’s hard because we’re in a period of transition but thankfully we’ve got the under 18s to bring in and there’s definitely some quality in there.
“We are on a wind down to the end of the season but the players have got to make sure they shift in for the spectators.
“We’ve got five games to go and I want to try and win at least a couple of them.”
Off the field Hoyle is still considering his next move in the search for a new manager with the club having received around 25 applications.
The chief executive is also working to secure players for next season.
The current squad have all been invited back with Danny Gregson, one of the club’s more impressive performers this year, considering a contract offer.
Hoyle said: “Danny finishes university this year and it depends where he gets a job.
“He’s applied for one in the area and if he gets it, I’m confident he’ll sign.”
This Saturday, City travel to play-off contenders Ramsbottom United.