City boss takes confidence from Bamber Bridge draw

Phil Brown.
Phil Brown.

Lancaster boss Phil Brown believes his team can take a great deal of confidence from their performance against derby rivals Bamber Bridge on Saturday.

The Dolly Blues were just a few minutes away from registering a terrific away win at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium, after coming from behind to lead 2-1.

But Sam Joel’s 87th minute equaliser ensured Brig salvaged a point and denied City their fourth win in five games.

The fact that his team were so close to victory against a side who are still many people’s tips to win promotion this season pleased Brown, even though he felt a point apiece was a fair outcome.

“On reflection, it was probably a fair result,” said Brown.

“But when you’re winning a game with three or four minutes to go, you like to think that you would be able to see it out and take all three points.

“Their equaliser was a little bit of a kick in the teeth, especially when you’re so close to winning the game.

“Overall, it was a decent game, played in very difficult weather conditions, and both sides played the conditions well to be fair.

“I think it does show a measure of progress since I took over, that we ran a team who were many people’s favourites for the title so close away from home.

“We had a bit of a slow start, but once we got into the game, we kicked on.

“So to come away from Bamber Bridge feeling disappointed that we only took a point is a measure of progress.”

City were back at Irongate on Tuesday for a Doodson Cup tie against Brig.

But with kick-off approaching the match was postponed by the referee due to a waterlogged pitch.

The decision to call off the game was one which Brown did not entirely agree with.

“We were there ready to play a game of football,” he said.

“I know the wind was horrendous on Tuesday night, but for me the pitch looked slightly better than it did on Saturday.

“Myself and Neil Crowe - the Bamber Bridge manager - were a little disappointed the game did not go ahead.

“I can understand why the referee called the game off because the main thing is the safety of the players, but I still feel it could have been played.

“If it would have been called off on Monday or early on Tuesday, I would not have been too bothered because it would have given me an opportunity to work with lads on the training ground.

“But with it being called off so late, it was a bit of a wasted opportunity.”

On Saturday, City are on their travels once more with a trip to Radcliffe Borough, who are just one point above the relegation zone, for another Evo-Stik League First Division North encounter.

“I don’t know too much about Radcliffe, but I know their manager Danny Johnson. He is a good coach and a good bloke,” said Brown.

City have no fresh injury concerns and Adam Freeland comes back into contention after being unavailable last weekend.