Neil Marshall column: Plenty to be positive about

Neil Marshall picks up his award for clocking up 300 Lancaster City appearances from new head coach Darren Peacock.
Neil Marshall picks up his award for clocking up 300 Lancaster City appearances from new head coach Darren Peacock.

Well that’s another season that’s come and gone. It hasn’t been the best of seasons but I think come next year we will be right up at the top of the table where we should be.

Looking back at the season there hasn’t been many positives but performance wise I think our 4-1 win at Burscough in January was nearly a perfect away day.

There was also beating Goole 3-1 away in November which we went in to on a bit of a bad run and we knew we had to get something from.

Before it, you could just sense the determination and team spirit would pull us through and that’s exactly what happened.

In a disappointing season one of the biggest low points for me was the sudden announcement that Stringy (Michael Stringfellow) and Wainy (Neil Wainwright) were leaving the club.

We were just getting our consistency back only to be left shell-shocked by the decisions that had been made.

On the pitch two very poor performances stand out.

We were beaten 5-0 at home by both Ramsbottom and Salford and in both games none of the players can say they turned up, so the less said about those games the better.

Our last game on Saturday was something of an anti-climax.

It was new gaffer Darren Peacock’s first game in charge so the players wanted to impress leading into next season.

I don’t think anyone let themselves down because we had enough chances to win the game comfortably whilst limiting them to only a couple of chances.

Unfortunately we failed to convert any of them and they caught us cold within about 20 seconds of the second half.

It finished 1-0 but I’m sure there was plenty for the gaffer to be positive about.

I now think it’s important we put this season behind us and look forward to the next.

The new gaffer is going to bring new and fresh ideas into pre-season and with a couple of additions over the summer I am sure we can give the play-offs a good go.

I’ve got to say congratulations to my central defensive partner Danny Gregson who more or less cleaned up at the end of season awards which was thoroughly deserved.

A massive thank you also to the amazing fans we have that make it such a pleasure to play for the club.

See you all next season.