City aim for days gone by

Phil Brown

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Lancaster City boss Phil Brown is hoping to recapture the good times of the recent past at Giant Axe.

The City manager well remembers the days when he worked as Tony Hesketh’s assistant at the club.

The pair presided over a very successful period with the Dolly Blues agonisingly missing out on winning promotion from the NPL First Division North in 2010.

After leading the table for the majority of the season, City were pipped to the title by FC Halifax and then subsequently lost the play-off final to Colwyn Bay.

In the ensuing years Lancaster were always pushing for a play-off place despite having their budget drastically reduced.

“We had some good players, a couple of good teams when I worked under Tony,” Brown said. “It was unbelievable. We were always always up there near the top.

“We just missed out on going up one year and just missed out on the play-offs a couple of times.

“They were good days and if I can get anywhere near that as manager, that would be great.”

So far the signs look good for Brown since he took charge at the beginning of last month.

After a tough start to their new manager’s tenure, the Dolly Blues are starting to make progress.

Saturday’s 5-0 thrashing of Prescot Cables was their third win in four games and second successive victory.

They were unable to make it three on the bounce on Wednesday night when they were narrowly beaten 2-1 by top-of-the-table Northwich Victoria away from home.

“I thought we were oustanding against Prescot,” Brown said. “We were organised and disciplined – the performance was a little bit like Witton game when we won 1-0.

“But I said after that game, we needed a bit more creativity in the final third and we got that against Prescot.

“The movement off the ball and the quality on the ball was exceptional.”

Meanwhile, Brown has spoken of his disappointment at losing striker Aaron Taylor, who has moved to Kendal Town this week.

“It’s been well documented there have been clubs interested in Aaron,” Brown said.

“We did make him an improved offer, but for reasons only Aaron knows, he has decided to leave.”

On the flip side, Brown has managed to entice young striker Terry Cummings to the club, who ironically arrives from Parkside Road.

He could make his home debut tomorrow when City host Burscough. Full-back Rob Henry could return to the squad after a pelvic injury.