Lancaster City welcome Mickleover Sports to the Giant Axe on Saturday where they’ll be looking to secure three straight league victories.
City come into this Northern Premier League clash full of confidence. After a brilliant win against Warrington Town, Mark Fell’s men followed it up with a well-deserved 3-0 victory against Radcliffe Borough. The Dollies still remain third in the league but last week’s outing saw them cut the gap to just two points from table-toppers, South Shields.
The last time the Dolly Blues secured back-to-back home wins was in October, where they came out 3-0 winners against Ashton United. Fell’s men then went on an impressive run of being five games unbeaten at the Giant Axe. The Dollies sit seventh in the form table after collecting nine points from a possible 15.
City’s last three results:
Radcliffe Borough 0-3 City- 8/2/20 (Northern Premier League)
City 2-1 Warrington Town- 1/2/20 (Northern Premier League)
Ashton United 2-1 City- 25/1/20 (Northern Premier League)
Despite currently sitting 13th in the NPL, the visitors are without a win in their last two league games. Their most recent outing was at Station Road where they suffered a 3-1 defeat against Whitby Town.However, City need to be wary of Mickleover’s attacking threat. Veteran forward Stuart Beavon who has vast experience within the English Football League is Sports’ top goal scorer with 10 goals this season. The former Preston North End striker will be hoping to add to his tally on Saturday and will look to cause the Dollies defence problems.
Mickleover Sports’ last three results:
Mickleover 1-3 Whitby Town- 8/2/20 (Northern Premier League)
FC United of Manchester 3-3 Mickleover- 1/2/20 (Northern Premier League)
Mickleover 4-1 Grantham Town- 18/1/20 (Northern Premier League)
Last five meetings v Mickleover Sports:
Mickleover 1-3 City- 19/10/19 (Northern Premier League)
Mickleover 1-1 City- 13/4/19 (Northern Premier League)
City 2-2 Mickleover- 12/1/19 (Northern Premier League)
Mickleover 0-1 City- 23/12/17 (Northern Premier League)
City 1-1 Mickleover- 19/8/17 (Northern Premier League)
One’s to watch:
Charlie Bailey- Despite only playing 45 minutes, Bailey still managed to get himself on the scoresheet at the weekend. He struck a fantastic half-volley into the bottom left corner. His goal at the weekend means he’s now notched three goals in two games.Bailey has now scored seven goals this season and won’t be wanting his streak to end anytime soon.
Brad Carsley- Scoring his sixth of the season on Saturday, he took his goal expertly well as he touched it down and slammed it home. The forward’sstrength and tenacity posed a constant threat to Radcliffe’s defence all afternoon and Carsley was unlucky not to add to his account as he was thwarted numerous times by Radcliffe’s goalkeeper.
City V Mickleover Sports will kick off at 3pm on Saturday 15th February at the Giant Axe. Make sure to come down and support the boys as they look to keep this unbeaten run going.
Match Preview by Ben Rooth.