Match Preview: City vs Mickleover Sports

City are back on the road once again as they look to stretch their unbeaten run to six games when they face Mickleover Sports this weekend. The dollies are in superb fun coming into this fixture, winning four of their last five games, keeping them level on points with second placed Basford United. Mickleover have also had a strong start to the season, who currently sit in sixth place and have picked up 21 points.

Recent Form
As mentioned previously, City’s form has been brilliant, picking up 13 points out of a possible 15. The one draw came against Warrington Town in a 2-2 stalemate, whilst City went on to win the two games before and after that draw. Non-League Day saw City sweep Ashton United aside in a confident 3-0 victory at the Giant Axe, with their most recent win coming earlier this week when Lancaster grinded out a tight 1-0 victory against Radcliffe Borough.

City’s three previous league fixtures:
City 1-0 Radcliffe Borough – 15/10/19
City 3-0 Ashton United – 12/10/19
Warrington Town 2-2 City – 08/10/19

Mickleover currently find themselves in sixth place after a positive start in the league, but their most recent form is something they will be looking to improve upon. Last time they were in league action saw them suffer a 3-1 defeat to Matlock Town away from home. Before that they had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Morpeth Town and won the game before that, 1-0 against Scarborough Athletic.

Mickleover’s three previous league fixtures:
Matlock 3-1 Mickleover – 12/10/19
Mickleover 1-1 Morpeth – 08/10/19
Mickleover 1-0 Scarborough Athletic – 05/10/19

City’s Ones to Watch
City’s good run of form is due to a massive contribution from the whole team, but there have been some standout names over the past couple of games who are worth keeping an eye on for Saturday’s game.
Niall Cowperthwaite has been magnificent in the centre of midfield. His hard-hitting tackles galvanise the whole squad and help create dangerous opportunities going forward. Without Niall’s presence in the middle of the park, it wouldn’t be the same City side we see every week.
Accrington Stanley loanee Matty Williams has only just come through the door at Lancaster but has already shown manager Mark Fell and the rest of his teammates just what he can do. Most notably against Radcliffe Borough this week, Matty looked comfortable at the back and dealt with whatever danger was in front of him. He’s also able to contribute up top as well, slipping in Matty Blinkhorn twice in the second half leading to good goal scoring chances.
Sam Bailey always looks a threat going forward on the right-hand side of City’s offence. Sam always finds space behind the defence to get into good crossing positions and has a wand of a right foot when it comes to getting crosses into the box. One prime example of what Bailey can offer came against Ashton United, when Sam latched onto a ball over the top and whipped in a ferocious cross, giving teammate David Norris absolutely no chance of missing.

It’s set to be a clash at the top this weekend and will prove to be a difficult test for City. But, Mark and the lads will be on the up for this one as they look to make it five wins from six and continue their unbeaten run.