Neil Marshall column: Things are coming together

Lancaster City managers Michael Stringfellow (left) and Neil Wainwright.
Lancaster City managers Michael Stringfellow (left) and Neil Wainwright.

In the first of a weekly column, Lancaster City captain NEIL MARSHALL gives his views on the latest goings-on at Giant Axe

2012 was certainly a transitional year.

Things were up in the air for a time and we didn’t know who was coming or who was going after Tony (Hesketh) left.

But we’re now at a stage where Neil and Michael (Wainwright and Stringfellow, joint Lancaster City bosses) have got the players in they want and things are coming together.

And over the next month or two I think all our games are certainly winnable on paper.

We’ve just got to try to keep on winning, make our way up the table and you never know, we could sneak in to the play-offs.

It seems to be the way in this league over the last four or five years that teams that just make it in to the play-offs in the second half of the season tend to go up.

That’s what happened with Colwyn Bay in the 2010 play-off final when we’d finished second by a distance and they just made it in and ended up getting promoted at our place.

We’ve just got to keep on winning and not look at the table too much.

I think looking back at Saturday against Warrington we have to be happy with a point.

We didn’t start the game very well, showed them far too much respect and they deservedly led 1-0 at half-time.

I think some of us had it in the back of our mind that we’d heard they’d brought in three or four players from Conference North clubs so we let them play.

But at half-time we said we needed to get in their faces more and we did and could possibly have come away with a win in the end.

We knew they’d be a good side but we let them show it.

I had to fill in at left back which I don’t mind, I’ve played there before and I’m just happy as long as I’m in the team.

We’re on a good run and could have won all of our last five or six games with a bit of luck.

We’ve won three, drawn two and lost one but could have had maximum points.

We’ve got to be happy with the way we’re playing though, we’ve started to score a lot of goals and have been a bit tighter at the back.