Injury-hit Lancaster need to be quicker off the mark

Lancaster City joint boss manager Neil Wainwright.
Lancaster City joint boss manager Neil Wainwright.

Lancaster City joint boss Neil Wainwright says his injury-hit side need to stop giving themselves a mountain to climb.

The Dolly Blues have conceded goals inside the first 10 minutes in defeats to Trafford and Curzon Ashton in the last seven days and Wainwright knows his side can’t afford to do the same in the trip to New Mills on Saturday.

“The performance wasn’t too bad against Curzon (in the 1-0 loss in the Doodson Sport Cup on Tuesday night),” said the joint City boss.

“We didn’t start the game very well which has happened a few times recently and they got an early goal.

“But we caused them all sorts of problems and just couldn’t get that goal.

“New Mills play a solid 4-4-2, have got a bit of pace up front and down the flanks and have got two big strong lads in central midfield. They’re a good side.

“But we need to stick in the game as long as we can. We have to get over the poor starts because the early goals are killing us.”

City’s cause wasn’t helped on Tuesday night with several key men missing with injuries, an issue that looks set to continue into the weekend.

“We were short because of injuries,” said Wainwright.

“Danny Gregson was out, so was Rob Wilson. Rory Winters was missing, Gavin Clark was suspended and we’ve got a few more concerns ahead of Saturday as well.

“Neil Marshall is struggling so we’re down to the absolute bare bones. He might make Saturday but if he doesn’t you’re talking about three of your first choice back four missing so it’s really difficult.

“It’s a case of square pegs in round holes this Saturday in a couple of positions.

“We might even struggle to get a full bench.”

Gregson will miss the New Mills game with an ankle problem, Winters is out with a thigh strain while Clark serves the final game of his ban in the trip to Derbyshire.

Wilson, Marshall and young striker Luke Bradley all face fitness tests ahead of the game. Wainwright’s joint boss Michael Stringfellow is also struggling with a hamstring problem.