After their narrow 1-0 victory in the Lancashire FA Trophy semi-final, Lancaster City manager Mark Fell hopes his side’s season ends with an exciting finale.
Fell’s men have surprised many with their position in the Northern Premier League this campaign, and continued their hopes of adding silverware to the trophy cabinet by beating Atherton Collieries 1-0 at Leyland.
The only goal of the game was an own goal, which came after a controversial decision from referee Dean Watson to give City a corner, which led to the goal.
Now, despite having to compete against teams with much higher budgets and better facilities, the Dolly Blues are looking to defy the odds by securing a play-off spot in the Northern Premier League.
Fell spoke about his side’s success so far this season despite not having the resources other clubs in the league have.
“What I’m going to say is that it’s going to mark a good season,” Fell said.
“I don’t want to say that ‘we’re not well resourced every week’ and ‘we’re on a low end budget’ because these lads have defied all that.
“Whatever happens from now it’s going to be a good season,” he said.
City currently sit in the final play-off spot in the league after Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Witton Albion.
But Fell’s side have played more games than any other team around them.
The Dolly Blues have played 34 league matches, whilst Nantwich, who currently sit a place behind City, have only played 31.
Despite the games in hand that other teams have, Fell still feels his team can nick a play-off spot.
“We still think we’re involved in the top end,” he said.
“We’re not quite there yet and we’ve got a lot of work to do now with results.
“Looking at our run-in I still fancy us to have a say in that,” Fell said.
If Lancaster were to get promoted via the play-offs, it would be a huge upset, with the club being one of the favourites for relegation at the start of the campaign.
Last season the club finished in 12th place and this season were 200/1 to get promoted.
Fell’s men have over-achieved, but the manager is still not satisfied with where his side are, and wants them to push on as far as possible before the season ends.
“Is ‘good’ good enough? No. Our standards are higher,” Fell said.
“An outstanding season is that we get in the play-offs and we win this cup final.
“Right now we’re good, but we need to get something better than that,” he said.
Lancaster’s push for the play-offs continues on Saturday March 23 when they face Whitby Town away from home.
However, the fixture is in doubt due to the ever-growing concern of coronavirus taking hold of sporting events up and down the country.
Clubs are awaiting official confirmation from Northern Premier League chiefs about upcoming fixtures.
Lancaster will face fellow Northern Premier League Premier Division side Bamber Bridge in the Lancashire Trophy final. It is scheduled for April 20.