Lancaster City monitoring injured trio ahead of big kick-off

New Lancaster City signing Louis Mayers is a doubt for the opening game of the season.
New Lancaster City signing Louis Mayers is a doubt for the opening game of the season.

Lancaster City are monitoring the fitness of three key man ahead of the season opener against Droylsden on Saturday.

Ricky Mercer, Louis Mayers and Jacob Gregory are all struggling to make the Evo-Stik First Division North clash at Giant Axe as the Blues look to make a positive start to the new campaign.

Both Mercer and Mayers have calf problems while Gregory has a rib injury.

Brown said: “A few players are touch and go.

“I’m not too confident with Ricky and we’ll have to wait and find out about Louis, hopefully he is back.

“It might be a game too early for them but if they’re not right for Saturday they’ll be okay for the second or third games.

“There’s also Jacob Gregory who came off last week with a rib injury and we’ll just have to see how he’s going to be.”

Brown is keen for his side to make an impression against what he rates as a strong Droylsden side but has urged fans not to read too much into the opening day, believing his side will grow into the new season.

He said: “Droylsden have invested in the squad and brought in the likes of Josh Heaton from Preston.

“There are a few others too we’ll need to watch.

“Just because it’s a home game on Saturday doesn’t mean we’re going to have things easy.

“We’re going to have to work hard to get something.

“The first game is always tough and there’s a bit of anxiety going into it because if you don’t get something it’s gong to be a tough season and if you win you’re going to win the league.

“It’s like a cup game, win or bust, but people need to remember there’s 40-odd more games to come.

“It’s important to start well though and I’ll be looking for a good performance.”

The Blues have been boosted ahead of the big kick-off by the news that popular midfielder Billy Akrigg has signed a contract at Giant Axe.

Brown said: “It’s a reward for his efforts and loyalty.

“Billy is the lifeblood of Lancaster City.

“He’s a great person to have out on the pitch and even helped out during pre-season with some of the conditioning sessions.

“His appetite to sign the contract showed what a good fit he is for Lancaster City and how the club is a good fit for him.”

One former player’s next destination has been confirmed with Ryan Winder joining Evo-Stik Premier Division side Warrington for the coming season having previously been on trial at Darlington.

Saturday’s season opener against Droylsden will be a family fun day at Giant Axe, with a family ticket, two adults and two children, on offer for £12.

There will also be face painting, prizes and refreshments.

The mayor and mayoress will be special guests.