Neil Marshall column: Clean sheets are key

Scarborough Athletic and Lancaster City battle for the ball on Saturday. Picture: Dom Taylor
Scarborough Athletic and Lancaster City battle for the ball on Saturday. Picture: Dom Taylor

I don’t need to tell anyone what a tough week we’ve got coming up.

After visiting league leaders Salford City on Saturday we then make the long trip up to second in the table Darlington on Wednesday night.

We can’t focus on the opposition too much though because we’ve shown that we’ve got more than enough to match these sides.

We’ve proven that we can compete and keep clean sheets against the clubs challenging at the top.

We lost to Salford at our place earlier in the season so will be looking to even the score on Saturday.

They’ve made a lot of headlines with the Manchester United legends backing them but on the field they’re top of the table for a reason.

We’re under no illusions about how difficult a game it’s going to be.

We showed how we could play against the bigger sides in the Evo-Stik First Division North though with a really good point at Scarborough Athletic on Saturday.

After the first half performance we could have gone in at the break three or four to the good.

We were by far the better team and played really well against a team that went into the game on a great run and are fourth in the league.

In the second half they came into it more but they didn’t have too many clear cut chances.

It was a far cagier game after the break.

Their best chance came right at the end after what we thought was a foul on Mike Hale but thankfully they couldn’t put the opportunity away.

Overall, it was a really pleasing away performance from the lads.

The gaffer has been unwell so Trev (Sinclair) was in charge of the team.

I think the gaffer said Trevor could pick the team and set us up how he wanted and we picked up another clean sheet which is what they’re both after.

If we keep getting them like we have in 2015 then we won’t lose many games.