Lancaster City boss confident of avoiding FA Cup hangover

Lancaster City and Droylsden battle for a corner during the visitors' 3-1 win at Giant Axe earlier in the season. Picture: Tony North
Lancaster City and Droylsden battle for a corner during the visitors' 3-1 win at Giant Axe earlier in the season. Picture: Tony North

Lancaster City boss Phil Brown is confident there will be no FA Cup hangover when his side enter another big competition on Saturday.

The Dolly Blues host Droylsden in the preliminary round of the FA Trophy on the back of the 3-2 defeat against Kidderminster Harriers that saw them exit the FA Cup last time out.

The reverse at Giant Axe also ended a run of six straight victories but Brown believes his side will bounce back.

He said: “We trained on Tuesday night and it was really good the lads were flying, bouncing.

“It was a really good session and put to bed any concerns I might have had about any hangover.

“We talked about a winning habit and we want to get back to that as soon as possible.

“I know the lads and I’m quietly confident we’ll get back to where we’ve been in recent weeks.”

Having come close to reaching the first round proper of the FA Cup, City now turn their attentions to the non-league’s version of the prestigious competition.

Brown said: “There’s £2,500 at stake for the club and the prestige of getting into the next round of a good cup competition.

“We’re going to have to try and repeat the form we showed in September which isn’t going to be easy. 
“Looking at their squad they’ve got (former Lancaster midfielder) Adam Farrell on loan from Stalybridge and Josh Heaton in from Preston North End amongst others.

“It’s going to be a really difficult game.

“Even if we’re back to our best it isn’t going to be easy.”

The game will be the second time Droylsden have visited the city this season having won 3-1 on the opening day of the Evo-Stik First Division North campaign.

Brown said: “We’ve learnt a lot from that game.

“We had a couple of players who weren’t really ready for the first game of the season and even with pre-season it’s always a bit of a fact-finding mission on the opening day.

“It can be a false dawn, if you win it you’re going up if you lost it you’re going down. 
“The performances over the last six, seven or eight weeks reflect that.

“We’re much improved but we’re not the finished article yet.”

City head into the game on the back of a rollercoaster defeat to Kidderminster, a result that left the Blues boss both pleased and frustrated at the same time.

He said: “I’ve got mixed emotions.

“I’m very proud of the players because they gave it everything and were a credit to the club.

“However in terms of the performance we maybe didn’t get to the standards of the last three or four weeks.

“I’m not making excuses it was our fifth game in 14 days and a couple of players were playing with knocks which is tough against a full-time team.

“That’s taking nothing away from Kidderminster who were a good side and deserved to win on the day.

“But to stay in the game as long as we did, go in 2-1 up and then push for an equaliser in the last 10 minutes shows what a good group of players I’ve got.”

Jordan Connerton is a doubt for the Droylsden clash with a knee problem while Chris Anderson, Joshua Westwood and Adam Sumner are all unavailable.