City ready for Northwich test

Phil Brown

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Lancaster City faces the biggest test in their division this evening.

The Dolly Blues travel to high-flying Northwich Victoria, who have won 11 of their opening 12 games of the new NPL First Division North season.

They currently lie in third spot in the table, three points off the top but with several games in hand on the two teams above them.

The Vics are also through to the first round proper of the FA Cup after beating Chorley 2-1 in a replay at Victory Park a week ago.

For their part, Lancaster have seen a steady improvement in their fortunes since new boss Phil Brown took charge at the start of last month.

City are on a two-match winning run and thumped Prescot Cables 5-0 at Giant Axe on Saturday.

However, Brown knows how tough the Vics will be this evening.

His first game in charge of the Dolly Blues was against Jim Gannon's men and that ended in a 4-0 defeat and an early exit from the FA Trophy.

"I have seen quite lot of Northwich," Brown said. "I've watched them a couple of times.

"We played them in the FA Trophy and I saw them play Chorley in the FA Cup.

"They change their system quite a bit - Jim Gannon is a very good coach, so we know it's going to be a very tough game.

"I think they have only conceded six goals in the league and they are through to the first round of the FA Cup, so that shows how well they have done so far this season.

"We are not scared of the challenge, and we will try to put a performance in which will help bring a result."

One player who will not feature tonight is striker Aaron Taylor, who has decided to join Kendal Town.

But Brown could give a debut to new signing Terry Cummings, who has arrived at the Giant Axe after leaving Kendal.

On the injury front, defender Adam Freeland is available again, but the game will come too soon for full-back Rob Henry who is nursing a pelvic problem.

Read more from Brown in this week's Lancaster Guardian