Stringfellow urges City to stay grounded

Lancaster City managers Neil Wainwright (left) and Michael Stringfellow.
Lancaster City managers Neil Wainwright (left) and Michael Stringfellow.

Lancaster City joint boss Michael Stringfellow has urged to his side to keep their feet on the ground as they look to continue their fine form into February.

The Dolly Blues will end January unbeaten with two wins and two draws and with a run of four matches against sides towards the foot of the Evo-Stik First Division North next month Stringfellow has warned his players not to get too far ahead of themselves.

City travel to lowly Ossett Albion on Saturday before a fixtures quirk sees them host the Yorkshire side at Giant Axe seven days later.

Games against strugglers Radcliffe Borough and Prescot Cables, who the Dolly Blues beat 3-1 on Saturday, follow later in the month.

Stringfellow said: “We’ve had a good start to the year.

“We just want to keep this run going and keep picking up points and who knows where that will lead to. They’re definitely not the most difficult games in February but we can’t look too far ahead and have to concentrate on Saturday.

“It’s different playing them away then at home, a bit of strange scenario, so we’ve got to go there and be very positive.”

Stringfellow and fellow joint boss Neil Wainwright saw their side dominate against Prescot at Giant Axe before taking their foot off the gas in the second half.

“It was a good three points,” said Stringfellow.

“It was a potential banana skin for us and after the game I was a little disappointed with our second-half performance. We absolutely dominated for the first 25 minutes and it could have been three or four and when you don’t take those chances it gives the opposition hope.

“We made it difficult for ourselves but I’m pleased with the character we showed to come away with the win.”

City are set to be without Dave Swarbrick, scorer of Saturday’s decisive third goal, for three weeks due to work commitments.

Stringfellow said: “It’s a bit of a blow for us, but I’m sure someone will come in and do a good job.

“Ryan Winder and Gavin Clark haven’t had much of a chance recently, Rob Wilson is fit again and Aaron Taylor did really well when he came off the bench on Saturday.

“We saw the quality Aaron brings when he set up the third goal.”

Neil Wainwright doesn’t need surgery on a partial tear of the lateral ligament in his left knee but still faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines.