Lancaster braced for biggest derby in years

Lancaster City's Rob Henry.
Lancaster City's Rob Henry.
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Lancaster City stalwart Rob Henry is under no illusions about the importance of the Dolly Blues’ clash with Bamber Bridge at Irongate on Saturday.

The derby between the play-off rivals is being billed as the biggest for years and has some added spice for the right back.

Henry briefly swapped City blue for Brig before returning to Giant Axe in the summer after the arrival of new head coach Darren Peacock.

The former Newcastle United defender’s side currently occupy the final Evo-Stik First Division North play-off place in fifth but know Neil Crowe’s side can go above them on goal difference with a win.

And Saturday is just the start with the return game at Giant Axe coming just three weeks later with the promotion race set to go down to the wire.

Henry said: “Bamber Bridge have had a good season so far and have got some good players.

“The team has changed a little bit since I was there.

“Tomorrow’s game has quite a bit riding on it for both teams.

“We have got to play each other twice in a three-week period and these two games are going to be really important.

“It’s a case of if we can get two wins against them, it will put us in with a good chance of making the play-offs.

“I think the season is going to be quite tight – we have just got make sure we perform as well as we can.”

Henry enjoyed his stint at Brig, but feels like he has returned to his spiritual home.

He admits his defection back to the Dolly Blues may mean he comes in for a bit of stick from the home fans this weekend.

“I’m not too worried about getting any stick,” Henry said with a chuckle.

“I went to Bamber Bridge last season.

“I was a bit unfortunate – I burst my appendix and missed the start of the season at Lancaster.

“So I went to Brig and then came back to Lancaster in the summer.

“I enjoyed my time at Brig but a new manager – a new regime – came in at Lancaster. It was bit of a fresh start.

“I’ve always been at Lancaster. I’ve been here for quite a few years – it is a good fit for me.

“I know how the club runs and I’ve had some good times here in the past.”