Lancaster City boss Phil Brown has warned his side they need to be at their best to see off bottom side New Mills on Saturday.
The Evo-Stik First Division North basement boys are without a point all season but Brown is wary of a wounded animal when the Dolly Blues travel to Derbyshire.
The City chief has even spoken to captain Neil Marshall about the club’s own similar experiences, the Giant Axe side having finished the 2006-2007 season with just one point after going into administration.
Brown said: “They’re bottom of the league but it’s not as easy as that.
“Every game in this division is tough whether it’s against the bottom or top of the league.
“They’re fighting for their lives and there’ll be plenty of personal pride.
“I’ve spoken to Neil Marshall about when Lancaster were bottom of the league on no points and he said before every game when they were sat in the dressing room they said that was going to be the day they got their first point or first win.
“It was interesting to hear those words from someone who’d been in the same position and that’s what we’ve got to guard against.
“We’ve just got to play our own game and pick up those three points. End of.”
The Blues boss will be looking for his side to bounce back after a dismal 3-0 defeat at home to Mossley last time out.
Brown said: “It was disappointing to say the least.
“I’ve gone on record as saying it was unacceptable and I don’t think anyone really saw it coming with how we’d done in previous weeks.
“Things had gone quite well in training and everyone was ready to keep the little unbeaten run going.
“Unfortunately we just didn’t deal with what was thrown at us whether that be the opposition or the conditions.”
Stockport wide man George West made his debut from the bench on Saturday on the day it was also announced that the club had signed Blackpool-based Belgian Boubacar Kaba.
Brown says his recruitment isn’t complete as he bids to strengthen up front and in central midfield.
He said: “I’m hoping to bring someone in over the next week or so.
“I’m looking to strengthen a couple of areas. I’m still looking to bring in a striker, and have made a couple of enquiries and am waiting for responses, and I’m looking at the midfield area too.”
*Lancaster City’s League Cup tie at Bamber Bridge on Tuesday night was called off due to a waterlogged pitch. The match has been rearranged for Tuesday, January 5.
*After Saturday’s trip to New Mills, Brown’s men are in Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy quarter-final action this Tuesday night when they host North West Counties Premier Division side Ashton Athletic at Giant Axe.
*The club are running a coach to New Mills on Saturday which departs Giant Axe at 11.30am and costs £15. Call 01524 382238 or email email@example.com.