Lancaster City boss Phil Brown has challenged his side to “go for it” as the Dolly Blues look to build on their improving form.
Happy with the squad he has assembled Brown wants his charges to kick-off 2016 in style with three home games in seven days starting against Brighouse Town on Saturday.
Jake Gregory’s late goal handed the Dolly Blues a 3-2 win at Prescot Cables on Monday leaving them 12th in the Evo-Stik First Division North table.
Brown said: “I’m looking for us to push on from Saturday.
“Ahead of the game we talked about building on the win the LFA quarter-finals (against Ashton Athletic) and the good performance (in the 1-1 draw) at Spennymoor.
“Now we’ve got an away win under our belts I really want us to push on.
“It’s no secret I’ve been recruiting and I’ve got this group together a bit quicker than I thought I would.
“It brings things forward a bit so now we’re going to go for it.
“I want to players to express themselves and then we’ll see where we are at the end of January.
“We want to be really positive, get some points, score some goals and show people what we can do.”
The win at Prescot was far from straightforward with Tom Kilifin firing City into a two-goal lead before the Merseyside outfit hit back to level things up.
But Gregory continued his impressive form to seal the three points in stoppage time.
Brown said: “ We showed a lot of character and a lot of quality to be honest.
“I’m really pleased with the result.
“It’s a difficult place to go and they’ve turned the corner a bit over the last few months.
“I’ve had a few messages from other managers after the game saying it’s a good victory and that puts it into perspective a bit.
“We did make hard work of it but football’s football and you’re not always going to have it your own way.
“The performance sums us up at the moment really.
“We’ve slowly but surely become more dynamic but some times that does leave us a bit open.
“But I’m pleased with the direction we’re going in though.”
After the game against Brighouse, the Dolly Blues host Bamber Bridge in the Doodson Sport Cup on Tuesday, December 5, after the game was switched to Giant Axe.
Danny Carlton looks set to return after his knee injury but Charlie Russell has returned to Stockport County after his loan spell.
Brown said: “I spoke to (Stockport boss) Neil Young who recalled him for a variety of reasons.
“There’s the Christmas schedule and he was getting good reports about how he was doing with us.
“From what I understand he went straight in against Staylbridge and did very well.
“Charlie did well for us, helped us out and I wish him all the best.
“Hopefully he can now go and establish himself at Stockport.”