Dollies back on the rails

Lancaster boss Phil Brown
Lancaster boss Phil Brown
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Lancaster City boss Phil Brown has warned his side they face a wounded animal in Harrogate Railway Athletic on Saturday.

The Yorkshire outfit are second from bottom of the NPL First Division North, while the Dolly Blues will be looking for a third straight league win that would see them continue to climb up the standings.

Brown believes his side, 11th after a 2-1 win over Brighouse Town on Saturday, can take nothing for granted against a side who lost 5-0 at Witton Albion last time out.

The City boss said: “They’re down there and will be a bit of a wounded animal.

“I’ve spoken to a couple of people about the game at Witton and listened to the manager’s interview after the game and it doesn’t look like a five-niller.

“We’re not approaching the game as if it’s an easy three points. We’ll approach the game as if it’s top of the league.

“They’ll be asked to start on the front foot and we’ll be under no illusions – it will be a difficult game.”

Brown wants his side to continue their recent positive approach as the Myerscough College head of football looks to make Giant Axe an intimidating place for sides to visit.

He said: “I’d like to make Giant Axe a bit of a fortress. Having another league game on the back of the Brighouse game is good for us.

“We’re looking to kick on, build some momentum and move up the league table.

“Like I’ve been saying to the lads for a while now, I want them to be really positive on and off the pitch. Saturday will be no different and we’ll look to take the game to Harrogate and get the three points.”

The Dolly Blues did suffer a setback on home soil on Tuesday night, exiting the Integro Doodson Sport Cup with a 1-0 defeat to Lancashire rivals Bamber Bridge.

Jamie Milligan’s stunning second-half free-kick settled a contest low on chances as Brig reached the second round.

Brown said: “I thought overall it was a tight game, certainly in the first half.

“They had a bit more possession but we looked dangerous on the counter-attack and looked a little bit more dynamic than them.

“In the second half we got into decent positions but didn’t do enough in those situations and really let them off the hook. We did want to build momentum from game to game but we look at the positives.

“We’ve lost to a real piece of quality and some players who have come back into the team gave a good account of themselves.

“We won’t brush it aside, we’ll look at it and try to improve on it.”