City out to Kil off Victoria

Tom Kilifin
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Striker Tom Kilifin was left with mixed emotions last weekend despite playing a major role in Lancaster City’s biggest league win of the season.

The Dolly Blues thumped New Mills 4-0 at Giant Axe – their fifth win in their last six games.

While thrilled with the three points, which moved City into 12th spot in the NPL First Division North, Kilifin – like all good forwards – was a tad disappointed his name was not on the scoresheet.

Goals from Reece Pearce and Aaron Taylor in the opening 13 minutes handed City the perfect start against Mills.

Matthew Poole made it 3-0 midway after the interval and a second from Taylor in the last minute completed the rout for Darren Peacock’s men.

“It was a great win for us,” Kilifin said.

“I don’t think we have scored four in the league for a long time.

“It could have been a lot more than four – we missed a few chances.

“I was a bit disappointed not to get on the scoresheet because I am a striker and I want to score goals.

“Hopefully, I will get one this weekend.”

If Kilifin is to notch tomorrow, then he will have to on top form as City travel to face second-placed Northwich Victoria.

The Vics are just three points behind leaders Salford City and have lost just one game all season on home territory.

“They are going well and are in good form,” he added.

“We will have to take the game to them and be hard to break down. We are going well at the moment.

“We had a bit of a setback against Warrington Town, but we came back well against New Mills last weekend.

“We only lost once in 2015 and we’ll be looking to get another victory this weekend.”

After a poor first half of the season, City find themselves well off the pace in the chase for a play-off position.

Although Kilifin admits achieving a top-five spot looks a long shot for City, he and his team-mates will not be giving up hope.

“There is always one team who plays really well at the end of the season and gets into the play-offs. Last year it was Farsley. Who knows? Maybe this year it could be us.

“We’ve just got to try to win every game and see where it takes us.”

Meanwhile, Kilifin has declared himself happy at City despite flirting with the idea of moving to Kendal Town before Christmas, which caused him to miss a number of games.

“I‘ve got my head screwed on right now.

“I had a chat with the gaffer and I’m happy here. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season,” he said.

Elsewhere in the NPL First Division North, Burscough travel to play-off chasing Farsley tomorrow, while Clitheroe have a tough-looking trip to Scarborough. Kendal have no game.