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Lancaster City face Marske United needing "points on the board"

Dale Whitham in action against Belper Town. Photo by Phil Dawson (@PhotosbyPhilD)

The Lancaster City manager says his team need "more points on the board" as they prepare to face Marske United tonight (October 4).

The sides will face off at the North Yorkshire club’s Mount Pleasant stadium having last met in an FA Cup qualifying tie back in September 2015. The Dollies were 1-0 victors that day.

Marske United, who were last season promoted from the Northern Premier League Division One East via the playoffs, have an impressive record on their own turf this season, having won three and drawn one of the four games they have played at home.

They come into Tuesday’s game having been knocked out of the FA Cup by South Shields in a 5-2 defeat.

The home side’s biggest goal scoring threat this campaign has been Adam Boyes, who has bagged six goals. Although his last strike for Marske was on September 13, he will undoubtedly be wanting to end that goalless run and so the Dollies will have to be careful. He had a simply astonishing 2021-22 season, scoring 46 times in all competitions for the Seasiders and clearly being crucial in their promotion to the Premier Division.

As for Lancaster City, it’s still just the one win in the league this season, back in August at Gainsborough Trinity.

Mark Fell told the club’s website and social media pages on Saturday that “we’ve got to get more points on the board”.

They are edging ever closer to having some of their most important players, especially in the defensive third, back fit.

The only fresh fitness concern following Saturday’s game against Belper Town was Bradley Carroll, who scored for the Dolly Blues during that match, in which they were eventually held to a 1-1 draw at the Giant Axe despite having many chances to take all three points.

They were all set to do just that, before the visitors equalised with only a few minutes remaining.

The Dollies have, in the last couple of weeks, been more profitable in front of goal though, scoring seven in their last four games across all competitions – before that, they had only netted six times in their first 10 games.

Marske United vs Lancaster City kicks off at Mount Pleasant at 7.45pm this Tuesday.

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