Lancaster City boss sees positive signs ahead of Easter clashes

​Lancaster City suffered a fourth successive Northern Premier League defeat at home to Marine but boss Chris Willcock saw enough positive signs to convince him they can halt their losing run over Easter.
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Second-half goals by Bobby Grant and Sol Solomon sealed victory for the promotion-chasing Merseysiders on Saturday before Dolly Blues captain Sam Bailey saw a stoppage-time penalty saved.

Willcock told the club's media team: “There were many aspects I was really happy with but two mistakes ultimately cost us.

Sam Bailey saw this late penalty for Lancaster saved Photo: MICHAEL PORTER PHOTOGRAPHYSam Bailey saw this late penalty for Lancaster saved Photo: MICHAEL PORTER PHOTOGRAPHY
Sam Bailey saw this late penalty for Lancaster saved Photo: MICHAEL PORTER PHOTOGRAPHY
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"I saw signs of a team that's tightening. The spirit and togetherness is good.

“For large parts of the first half, in particular, I thought we moved the ball well and got into some good areas but final passes let us down, a bit of quality and decision-making.”

Willcock admits it's a worry that his side have scored only once during that four-game losing run.

He added: “We've not scored in two games. We have to go back to the drawing board a little on that and think about getting players in the right areas to create bit more than we are.

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“Sam could have stuck that (penalty) in on another day but there wasn't enough time left really to change the course of the result.”

The club's Non-League Day incentives helped boost the crowd to a season's best 1,010 and Willcock hopes the result won't discourage them from returning.

“The crowd was really pleasing and hopefully we start to boost the attendance on a regular basis,” he said.

“It was nice to play in front of a decent crowd, which made for a good atmosphere and good energy to the game. Players responded to that but the game drifted away from us.”

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He hopes the fans will return in numbers for the Easter Monday derby with Bamber Bridge but first comes Saturday's trip over the Pennines to face a Guiseley side just one point outside the play-off zone.

Lancaster find themselves in 10th spot on 50 points, probably too far from the play-offs (nine points) to challenge with just five games remaining.

Willcock said: “We need more quality with the ball to create more chances and give ourselves the opportunity to turn this bit of a slump around.”