Neil Marshall column: Winning breeds confidence

Lancaster City captain Neil Marshall. Picture: Tony North
Lancaster City captain Neil Marshall. Picture: Tony North

Winning is certainly breeding confidence but we can’t be complacent.

Ossett Albion are the visitors to Giant Axe on Saturday as we return to league action and it’s a game on paper that we should be looking for three points in after winning the first three games of 2015.

We’ve got some big players coming back too with Aaron Taylor, Tom Kilifin and Ryan Winder back in contention after injury.

It bodes well for the future and hopefully we won’t have any more nasty surprises when it comes to injuries.

Tuesday night’s win over Marine in the Doodson Sport Cup was about carrying on from where we left off in the wins over Clitheroe and Bamber Bridge.

We went 1-0 up and I thought we were playing quite well considering the conditions.

They were horrendous, I’ve never seen hail stones like that in my life.

At times it was difficult to see, especially when you were running into the gale force wind that was blowing the storm across the ground.

I thought we coped with it quite well because at this time of year the pitches aren’t in the best state either.

But as in the previous two wins we played football in the right areas, something we’ve really learnt to do as the season has gone on.

We made a good start but they were level pretty quickly after Simon Wearing’s own goal.

Simon was really unlucky because it was one of those where he had to get his head on it and it just ended up beating Mike (Hale, Dolly Blues goalkeeper).

Despite the setback we regrouped at half-time and went on to win the game pretty comfortably in the end.

They had a few shots but I don’t think they troubled us majorly which was really pleasing especially considering we went down to 10 men late on after Sam Bailey’s red card.

The victory puts us into the quarter-finals and the excitement is certainly building with every round.

It’s great to test ourselves against sides from the league above and who knows what we can do if we get a kind draw in the last eight.