Lancaster captain takes positives from Blackpool abandonment and looks ahead to Barrow

Lancaster City captain Neil Marshall in action against Blackpool. Picture: Tony North
Lancaster City captain Neil Marshall in action against Blackpool. Picture: Tony North

Captain Neil Marshall is taking the positives despite the farcical end to Lancaster City’s opening pre-season friendly on Saturday.

The game stood at 3-1 to Blackpool when a pitch invasion from Seasiders fans saw the game abandoned with 15 minutes to go.

Marshall said: “We got word it might happen before the game and were told not to get involved.

“There was about 15 or 20 of them and it was probably manageable and we might have been able to get the game going again but there was probably no point.

“We’d got most of the game in and I thought we matched them early on.

“We made some defensive mistakes but you’re going to have them in pre-season.

“It was a good test and it’s nice to get minutes under your belt.”

The Dolly Blues next host a Barrow side promoted back to the Conference last season on Wednesday night.

Marshall said: “We play them every year and they’re always a good side.

“They’re back this year and might be the best they’ve been for while.

“They’ve been promoted back to the Conference with plenty of backing and I’m sure they’ll be looking to be up there next season.”

Former Farsley defender Michael Aspin was the only new face on the Dolly Blues’ team sheet against Blackpool with a number of trialists also currently training with the club.

City could have a fight on their hands to keep the versatile Sam Bailey however after the former Bolton youngster played for Kendal against Morecambe on Tuesday night.

He is however expected to be part of the Blues squad against Barrow.

The game against the Bluebirds is a 7.45pm kick-off at Giant Axe.