The season draws closer as City’s reserves begin preparations for their first league match against Ashton, this season is one that is very big for Lancaster City Reserves as it is their first season since transitioning from an under 21 side to a reserves side, so they have a lot to prove in the Lancashire Football League (West).
City’s Reserves have been holding trials for players to join and evaluating their performance in pre-season friendlies whilst also calling up some players from their under 21s side, both Louis Shields and Corey Harrison have praised how the team have been bonding and they are getting use to each other styles of play by understating their strengths and weaknesses, this looks very promising for the upcoming season.
Manager Luke Evans even commented after the Slyne match saying how the trialists “have done really well for the club”.
City have played 4 tough games in their pre-season, their first coming to a unfortunate 7-0 loss at Warrington Reserves however it needs to be noted that this was the team’s first game as a reserve side and the match was simply about the players getting know each other better on the pitch. Plus they were against a very difficult opponent.
The second fixture was a significant improvement as the Dolly blues were unlucky in a 2-1 loss at Lytham Town but they did show significant progress since their last match and tested their opposition.
Manager Luke Evans said before their 3rd preseason fixture at Slyne how the reserves side’s first pre-season was “just a case of getting the lads together and seeing what we’ve got” and for the team to “understand the formation and the style of play that we’re looking for this season”.
The team clearly demonstrated that they have started to understand this after a triumphant 7-0 victory away at Slyne, not only claiming their first clean sheet but their first win also. Manager Luke Evans called on for more progress saying they “push on from here”.
City then went into their fourth and final game against arguably their hardest opposition Radcliffe Borough in which looked to be a very contesting friendly and it didn’t disappoint; a very entertaining match where City were unlucky to come out with a 3-3 draw, which midfielder Alex Cane agreed saying “we definitely deserved a win” he also mentioned how he felt the team as a whole performed very well – another sign of things in the right direction for this new side.
Evans said before the game that pre-season as a whole had been “a learning curve” since the transition from a U21's side to reserves side. Evans also mentions how “players are still playing for places” as the side are carrying a big squad. After the game, Evans said “it was good to see the lads in that area where they are getting tested” which he said probably due to the tough nature of the league they’re entering. He also commented upon how “a lot of the lads have showed themselves” and that they are “working their way into the final squad.” That should be named soon.
A lot of fans are probably wondering what to expect from the reserves this season, so we asked manager Luke Evans what he thinks: “We’re helping to bridge the gap between the 1st team and the reserves team” and another focus that Evans is looking at is that they are “looking for reserves to be called upon when needed by 1st team." The manager is also “hoping to be successful as possible and create a winning mentality with in squad.” Evans also mentions how “We’ll be hoping to encourage all fans of Lancaster City Football Club to come down and watch the reserves in order to see potential first team players at the club.”
So if you’re a Lancaster City fan and you’re free on Thursday nights make sure you come down to support the reserves in their first season in the Lancashire Football League (West).
-Report by Matty Winder-
Updated 00:47 - 23 Aug 2017 by Shane Hudson