Progress pleases City boss

Lancaster City manager Phil Brown.
Lancaster City manager Phil Brown.
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Lancaster City are heading in the right direction, that is according to manager Phil Brown.

It has certainly been a baptism of fire for the new Dolly Blues boss after he replaced Darren Peacock in the Giant Axe hot-seat less than a month ago.

His team failed to pick up a victory in his first three games in charge, but six points out of a possible nine over the past fortnight in the NPL First Division North has left Brown feeling pleased.

On Saturday, City produced a disciplined away performance to defeat Witton Albion 1-0 and Brown is looking for more of the same when Prescot Cables arrive at Giant Axe on Saturday.

“We are five league game in and things are starting to settle down a little bit,” Brown said.

“Initially, it was very busy. My first game was in the cup against Northwich Victoria and then we’ve had five league games, with three of them away from home.

“It was a little bit of a baptism of fire.

“We got a good point away at Brighouse Town, who have been going well this season. We lost to Trafford and Clitheroe, who are up there as well.

“We beat Ossett Town 3-2 and then got a good 1-0 away win over Witton on Saturday with a goal from a set play.

“I think that shows that we are going in the right direction. The performances have been good, if results have not always gone our way.”

Brown handed starts to new signings Ricky Mercer, Charlie Russell and Tom Watson against Witton.

All three produced encouraging displays, with Mercer hitting the winning goal just after the hour mark.

“The three lads who 
came in did well and made a big contribution.We looked solid and it was a professional and disciplined performance.

“We just need to work on our creativity in the final third a little bit. We know it’s going to be a very difficult game against Prescot Cables.”

Elsewhere in the division, Clitheroe travel to Harrogate Railway Athletic.

In the FA Trophy, Burscough entertain Colwyn Bay and Kendal town travel to Blyth Spartans.