Lancaster City boss Phil Brown determined not to let season end with whimper

Lancaster City's Glenn Steel. Picture: Tony North.
Lancaster City's Glenn Steel. Picture: Tony North.

Boss Phil Brown is determined that his Lancaster City team do not finish the season in the lower reaches of the NPL Premier Division.

The Dolly Blues slipped to 18th in the table after picking up just a single point from their two games this week.

A 0-0 draw against Shaw Lane on Saturday – a match which was supposed to be away but was switched to Giant Axe at the 11th hour due to the inclement weather – was followed by a 1-0 defeat at Barwell on Tuesday.

City’s current position is their lowest for some time and Brown is eager that his men don’t end the campaign with a whimper.

Starting with Stourbridge at home this weekend, City have three games left to play and Brown is hopeful that a strong finish will secure a respectable mid-table spot.

“When I see the league table, I don’t take any pride from being in 18th spot,” said Brown.

“I don’t like looking at the table and seeing one of my teams in that position.

“But it’s still tightly packed and we know that there’s only two, three, four points separating six or seven teams.

“A couple of wins will take you up a few positions and two of our last three games are at home.

“We have just got to keep going. We don’t want the season to peter out.

“We will go about our jobs professionally.

“There is still plenty to play for.

“We have points to play for, places to play for in terms of our league standing.

“There’s professional pride, wages to be earned.

“My expectation of a professional performance does not wane.

“We’ve got three games to go and we’ll be performing hard right through to the end.”

Brown was frustrated that his men failed to find the back of the net over the past two games .

However, the City boss is looking at the bigger picture and the fact that they have still scored plenty of goals this season – more than anybody else in the bottom half of the table.

“I thought we did okay against two teams who are on the fringes of the play-offs,” Brown said.

“Against Shaw Lane, we created a couple of good chances, but just couldn’t get that all-importnat goal.

“We’ve had a shot saved by the keeper and then the rebound has been cleared off the line.

“The keeper’s then made an outstanding save when he’s tipped a free-kick on to the post.

“Last night against Barwell, we huffed and puffed a bit, but still had some chances.

“We just lacked that little bit of composure in front of goal and we just needed to be a litlle more clinical in and around the box.”

After being below City in the table for much of this season, Stourbridge have picked up a few points of late to move above the Dolly Blues in recent week.

“They are a big club at our level,” said Brown.

“They have got big resources and some good players, who have picked up some points recently.

“We drew 0-0 at their place but could have won it in the last minute.

“It’s going to be a tough game for us.”

Brown has an injury doubt over experienced defender Glenn Steel, who has a bruised foot.

On Tuesday, City host Buxton at Giant Axe.