Lancaster City boss warns side to be wary of wounded animal in Harrogate Railway

George West battles to win the ball against Bamber Bridge. Picture: Paul Vause.
George West battles to win the ball against Bamber Bridge. Picture: Paul Vause.
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Lancaster City boss Phil Brown has warned his side they face a wounded animal in Harrogate Railway Athletic on Saturday.

The Yorkshire outfit are second from bottom of the Evo-Stik First Division North while the Dolly Blues will be looking for a third straight league win that would see them continue to climb up the standings.

Brown believes his side, 11th after a 2-1 win over Brighouse Town on Saturday, can take nothing for granted against a side who lost 5-0 at Witton Albion last time out.

The City boss said: “They’re down there and will be a bit of a wounded animal.

“I’ve spoken to a couple of people about the game at Witton and listened to the manager’s interview after the game and it doesn’t look like a five-niller.

“We’re not approaching the game as if it’s an easy three points. We’ll approach the game as if it’s top of the league.

“There’ll be asked to start on the front foot and we’ll be under no illusions it will be a difficult game.”

Brown wants his side to continue their recent positive approach as the Myerscough College Head of Football looks to make Giant Axe an intimidating place for sides to visit.

He said: “I’d like to make Giant Axe a bit of a fortress.

“Having another league game on the back of the Brighouse game is good for us. 
“We’re looking to kick on, build some momentum and move up the league table.

“Like I’ve been saying to the lads for a while now I want them to be really positive on and off the pitch.

“Saturday will be no different and we’ll look to take the game to Harrogate and get the three points.”

The Dolly Blues did suffer a setback on home soil on Tuesday night, exiting the Integro Doodson Sport Cup with a 1-0 defeat to Lancashire rivals Bamber Bridge.

Jamie Milligan’s stunning second-half free-kick settled a contest low on chances as Brig reached the second round.

Brown said: “I thought overall it was a tight game, certainly the first half.

“They had a bit more possession but we looked dangerous on the counter attack and looked a little bit more dynamic than them.

“In the second half we got into decent positions but didn’t do enough in those situations and really let them off the hook.

“As the half went on they probably shaded it. They just looked a bit more physically stronger than us because we had quite a few players tonight who played 90 minutes who haven’t done that for five or six weeks.

“I’m not saying that’s why we lost the game, we just dropped off the pace a bit in the second half.”

Brown was keen to take the positives however ahead of the trip to Harrogate.

He said: “We did want a to build momentum from game to game but we look at the positives.

“We put a team out who have done alright without being brilliant.

“We’ve lost to a real piece of quality and some players who have come back into the team gave a good account of themselves.

“We won’t brush it aside, we’ll look at it and try to improve on it.

“We don’t want to make the same mistakes whether it’s a league game or a cup game but our focus is on the league and on the Harrogate game on Saturday.”