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Lancaster City host Guiseley as season draws to a close

Mark Fell. Photo by Phil Dawson.

Lancaster City will play their final game of the 2022/23 season at home to Guiseley.

Saturday's final game comes after Lancaster got their best result of the season, by margin of victory at least, winning 4-2 at Ashton United.

A Charlie Bailey hat trick and Sam Bailey volley gave the Dollies the win.

If they win this weekend, Lancaster, currently 12th in the table, will finish their NPL Premier Division campaign on 58 points and therefore will have improved on their points tally of 56 from last season.

Unfortunately for Mark Fell’s men, one thing they can’t do this season is finish in the top 10, a target Fell set his players a couple of months ago.

Their season could have been better had they not been plagued with injuries at the early stages of the campaign.

However, if they are victorious on Saturday, they will find themselves in Guiseley’s current position of 11th.

When the two sides faced each other in February, in a game that finished 0-0, the Lions were making a push to get into the playoff places. However, they have slipped down the table in recent weeks, winning just two of their nine games since playing the Dollies.

One of those two victories was a 1-0 win last weekend against second from bottom Liversedge, whose relegation was confirmed following that result.

“I hope we can go to the home games next week and give a good account of ourselves and go and win that game," said Fell.

“The fans’ support has been unbelievable all season, we need to just finish right and finish strongly with the right mentality and the right manner and we’ll try everything we can to do that.”

One man who Mark Fell won’t be able to select on Saturday is Christian Sloan.

The midfielder is running the London Marathon this Sunday for Brain Tumour Research, in memory of his mum. More than £5,000 has been raised so far. You can donate here.

As well as the game, something else very exciting is happening at the Giant Axe on Saturday.

At half time, the winner of the club’s Name the Stadium competition will be announced.

The winner becomes the official stadium sponsor of the Giant Axe next season.

Entries, which are £10 each, are still open. Find out more information on the club’s website and social media pages.

Lancaster City v Guiseley kicks off at the Giant Axe on Saturday (April 22) at 3pm.

Giant Axe is also hosting Lancaster City Ladies’ LFA Women’s County League Challenge Cup tie against St Anne’s Ladies on Sunday at 2pm.

Entry is free and the club are calling it a promotion party after their dramatic 4-3 victory over Chipping Ladies last Sunday secured their promotion to the LFA Women’s County Championship League.

Lancaster City Ladies have another game on Tuesday night – their last in the league - at Giant Axe’s playing fields to try and win the division, which they will do if they beat Kendal Town Women.

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