Neil Marshall column: Confidence still high despite defeat

Neil Marshall on the ball for Lancaster City against Bamber Bridge. Picture: Stefan Willoughby
Neil Marshall on the ball for Lancaster City against Bamber Bridge. Picture: Stefan Willoughby

Saturday’s defeat at Warrington was a really frustrating one.

Both sides went into the game unbeaten in 2015 and I think a draw was the least we deserved on the day.

In the first half we were the better side and had the better chances, hitting the post twice.

After the break we felt we should have had a penalty before they took the lead.

We then went about trying to get back into the game before they got a penalty of their own which we thought was harsh.

One challenge came after another and we didn’t think either was a penalty but maybe with the two incidents coming so soon after each other the referee felt he had to give something.

We did get a bit of good fortune when their ‘keeper was sent off for handling outside the box and after Aaron Taylor pulled a goal back with 10 minutes to go we thought we had a real shout of getting something from the game but it wasn’t to be.

Some people might look at the game and think it looked like a game from the first half of the season where we were creating chances but not putting sides away.

But we didn’t see their goals coming and certainly didn’t get the rub of the green on the day.

Everyone’s confidence is still really high after picking up 12 points out of 15 to start 2015 and New Mills are next up for us when they visit Giant Axe on Saturday.

They are second from bottom in the table and although we never take anyone for granted it should be three points at home where we’re confident of beating anyone in the division.

After a setback against a good side it’s now about getting back to winning ways sooner rather than later.