Lancaster City boss Phil Brown ready to ring the changes

Phil Brown
Phil Brown

Lancaster City manager Phil Brown admits he is a little flummoxed by his team’s inconsistency at the moment.

The Dolly Blues boss was left mightily frustrated on Saturday after his team went down to a disappointing 2-0 home defeat to Rushall Olympic.

After winning two games on the bounce the previous week – which snapped a three-match losing streak – City went into the match at the weekend in high spirits.

However, they were unable to repeat their exploits of the previous two fixtures as a sorry first-half showing saw them concede twice.

They were unable to recover in the second half and slipped to another defeat – their second against Rushall in a matter of weeks.

Brown said: “Two steps forward and then a couple of steps back is probably a good way of describing how we felt after the game on Saturday.

“After two really good results away from home, we expected a little bit more, well a lot more on Saturday.

“For whatever reason, we weren’t at it at all in the first half really – certainly the first 30 minutes.

“We were off the pace and mentally we weren’t sharp enough. Our intensity was not high enough and we allowed them to get a foothold in the game and they scored two goals.

“After that, it was always going to be a mountain to climb.”

Brown admits last weekend’s result and performance may force him into making changes for this weekend’s trip to Marine.

“For me as a manager I have got a few decisions to make in terms of the squad and the starting XI for the game against Marine.

“I do think there will be changes based around what I saw last Saturday.”

Selection wise, Brown will be without striker Tom Kilifin, who has work commitments, and Ricky Mercer is a doubt with a trapped nerve in his back.