CHRIS HARDY: Lancaster win was sensational

I was over the moon to pick up victories on the road at Matlock Town and Lancaster City this week.

Thursday, 27th February 2020, 10:00 am
Chris Hardy's column

With these wins we have really positioned ourselves nicely to have a real go at getting into the play-off positions come the end of the season.

What impresses me about this group of players is not only their footballing ability - but their mental strength and willingness to get stuck in and battle to take the three points.

I think that is what separates this group from the side I had when we narrowly missed out a few seasons ago.

We had a good side and were hovering around the play-off positions all season before falling away.

I think the mentality of this group is exceptional and hopefully that will help us out in achieving a play-off berth.

That said, we have a lot of games to cram in in a short time - so it will be a big test for the group - but the main thing is we’ve given ourselves a chance of pushing the sides above us.

One thing I am particularly delighted about is the firepower we have in the side.

Paul Blackett, who has been outstanding since coming in on loan from Gateshead, picked up a knock and was unavailable for Tuesday, but to be able to draft Brad Fewster in for him is a fantastic option and doesn’t really weaken us at all.

Both have superb qualities and to have not one, but two out-and-out goalscorers at the club is a huge boost.

I have to say though, the form of Matty Tymon shouldn’t be overlooked by any stretch.

Matty has been superb and a lot of the work he does helps bring the best out of the likes of Paul and Brad.

I expect to have all three of them and Greg Rutherford available for Saturday’s home game against Ashton United and it’s a good headache to have.

It won’t be an easy proposition at all - despite their league position - they’ll come here and give it their all to try and pick up a positive result.

We need to be at our best again to try and pick up another win - but if we can maintain the levels we displayed at Matlock and Lancaster - I will be delighted.

Kieran Weledji, Blackett and Corey Roper should come back into contention, which is another boost.