City boss not setting any title targets

Ryan Winder (Picture: Tony North)
Ryan Winder (Picture: Tony North)
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Lancaster City boss Phil Brown says he does not have a final points total in mind as his side look to win the NPL First Division North title.

With 12 games to go the Dolly Blues are nine points clear of Farsley Celtic in second but the in-form Yorkshire outfit do have three games in hand.

A battling 1-0 win at Mossley last time out made it three straight wins and five without defeat for high-flying City, with sixth-in-the-table 
Scarborough the visitors to Giant Axe on Saturday.

“There’s no big plan when it comes to the number of wins or points we need,” said Brown.

“It sounds pragmatic but I’ll only be comfortable when the team in second can’t catch us.

“It could be the last game of the season or it could be before that. We’ll take each game as it comes and try to get another three points.”

The Mossley victory was a blueprint of what the Blues will need to do between now and the end of the season if they are to fend off the challenge of Farsley and others in the chasing pack.

In difficult conditions, Lancaster got their noses in front early in the second half through Ryan Winder before seeing the game out with 
relative ease.

Brown believes his side are starting to realise what they will have to do to get over the line and reach the Premier 
Division.

“Looking at the lads before the game they knew what it meant,” said the City boss.

“There was a focus and motivation that every manager wants to see.”

Scarborough are one point outside the play-offs ahead of their trip to the city this weekend. “They’re fighting at the right end of the table and have got some good players,” Brown said.

Elsewhere in the division, Burscough are away to Brighouse, Clitheroe entertain Farsley Celtic, and Kendal Town are away to Hyde United.