‘Let’s do it for Marshy’

Neil Marshall plays his final game for Lancaster this weekend (pic: Tony North)
Neil Marshall plays his final game for Lancaster this weekend (pic: Tony North)
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Lancaster City boss Phil Brown wants his side to send captain Neil Marshall off in style on Saturday.

Having made more than 400 appearances during a 10-year career with the Dolly Blues, Marshall will bow out after this weekend’s final game of the season with New Mills at Giant Axe.

A testimonial against a Liverpool Legends side will follow at Giant Axe on Tuesday night, as the club pay tribute to one of their greatest ever players who has decided to hang up his boots to spend more time with his family as he battles cancer.

Brown said: “We want to finish as high as we can for the club and the fans.

“That’s our aim but obviously we are saying goodbye to our captain and long-serving player in Neil.

“We want to win his final game for him, and send him off on a high.

“It’s certainly going to be in the back of everyone’s minds.

“Neil will be well aware it’s his last game for Lancaster City but Marshy being Marshy, he’ll just treat it the same as all his other games.

“We’ve just got to do our best to put in a real performance and give him something to look back on.”

The game itself will see the Blues host the NPL First Division North’s bottom side New Mills, who have picked up just three points all season.

Brown’s side can confirm their place as the best of the rest having moved into sixth place, above Clitheroe on goal difference, with a 1-0 win at Scarborough Athletic last Saturday.

Jacob Gregory’s goal shortly before the hour-mark was enough to settle a tight game in Bridlington with the performance impressing boss Brown.

He said: “I was really pleased with the performance on Saturday.

“It was really professional. I thought we were outstanding.

“Now we want to consolidate sixth place.

“We’ve got one game to go and it’s in our own hands, which is how you’d want it.

“We can finish the season on a bit of high with three straight wins but there’s no gimmes in this league.

“We’re not counting our chickens yet and we go into the game looking for the same hard work, graft and quality that we do week in, week 
out.”

Both Marshall and striker Tom Kilifin returned to the side at Scarborough, while Tom Watson missed out through work commitments.

Only midfielder Billy Akrigg (broken foot) and keeper Mike Hale (knee strain) are expected to be missing against New Mills on Saturday however, with Brown having a near full-strength squad to choose 
from.