View From The Dugout

View from the Dugout: We’re ready for frenetic last chapter of promotion push

By Phil Parkinson at

Our last two scheduled games, at home to Marine on Easter Monday and away to Shaw Lane on Thursday, were postponed due to waterlogged pitches, which means that there are now 22 days left in the season and we have eight games to play, which is a tough schedule by any standards.

Today, we travel to the Giant Axe to take on Lancaster City, who have had quite an up and down season. On their day, they are a good side and having had them watched recently by our chief scout, Bob McClement, we know what to expect this afternoon.

Action from last week’s defeat at Rushall

The weather forecast shows that a lot of rain is expected in Lancaster today and I am sure that if the conditions are wet during the game, that will suit us, although we really do need this game to go ahead with the number of games to play in the final three weeks of the campaign.

We are still awaiting results of knee scans on both Ben Harrison and James Poole, however I think that we all know that neither of them will be involved again this season, which is a big blow, as they have both made a huge contribution to the successful season to date.

Andy White is available again, having missed the defeat at Rushall Olympic last Saturday with a problem with his quads, but Connor Hampson is still probably a week away from returning.

Rhain Davies will come into the squad today from the Reserves and we really want to put last Saturday’s very disappointing performance at Rushall behind us… we could have no complaints with the 2-0 score line as we were very poor in the first half and whilst we improved after the interval and could have got an equaliser, you have to give credit to the ‘Pics’, who were better than us on the day.

More action from last weekend’s loss

I can only apologies to the fans, who turned out in massive numbers and gave us fantastic vocal support throughout a difficult 90 minutes.

Despite that defeat, we are still in a great position at the top of the league, five points ahead of Warrington and seven points ahead of Grantham and we all have eight games to play.

There is still a lot of football to be played but it’s all completely in our own hands, which is all that any manager can ask for at this stage.

Pics: Michael Ripley Photography