Play-off talk has been conspicuous by its absence in the Lancaster City dressing room this season.
The Dolly Blues missed out on finishing in the top five last year by virtue of goal difference. This season has been a different story with City struggling in the bottom half of the table.
There are signs that Darren Peacock’s men are beginning to turn their season around after picking up four wins from their past five games.
Despite those victories, City still find themselves 14 points shy of the play-offs and Dolly Blues skipper Neil Marshall admits his men have not even discussed the possibility of finishing inside the top five.
“It’s not something we have thought about or even talked about,” Marshall insisted.
“We’ll just see where we are at the end of the season. There is always one team who makes a good run in the second half of the season – so you never know.”
Lancaster were narrowly beaten 2-1 at Warrington Town last weekend – a match in which Marshall felt his men deserved to win.
This weekend they host second-bottom New Mills at Giant Axe, although Marshall is taking nothing for granted.
“There are no bankers in this league,” he said.
Elsewhere in the First Division North, Burscough entertain Scarborough (kick-off 2.30pm and Clitheroe entertain Ossett Albion at Shawbridge.
Kendal Town are away to Radcliffe Borough.