town must be up for it

Town have to be on their game when they travel to old foes Lancaster City for Saturday’s FA Cup third qualifying round clash.

Two years ago the Shaymen went head to head with this weekend’s hosts for the Unibond One North title, with Neil Aspin’s side eventually finishing on top.

While Town have gone on to reach Blue Square Bet North, City are still at the same level, but Lee Gregory knows that will count for nothing on Saturday.

“We want a good run in the FA Cup so the aim is to go to Lancaster, get a win and go through to the next round,” he said.

“We can’t go into the game thinking we just need to get through it.

“We have to go in, looking to do our job right.

“They might be a couple of divisions below us, but we have to make sure we are right for it.”

Town will travel to Lancaster, who won 1-0 at FC United of Manchester in the previous round, buoyed by last weekend’s 2-1 league win over Eastwood at the Shay.

Gregory bagged both of Town’s goals in the game to take his tally for the season to seven.

But the fact that the Shaymen were able to pick up only their second Blue Square Bet North win on home soil was more important to the striker than his goals.

“We have not been the best team at home, but we are starting to look more like it now,” he said.

Gregory played as a lone striker against Eastwood supported by the pace of Jason St Juste and James Marwood.

Marwood, on loan from Gateshead, is not eligible to play at Lancaster but Gregory would be happy to play up front by himself again.

“As long as I am playing, I don’t mind,” he said. “I could play at right back and still enjoy it.

“The Gaffer is in charge for a reason, I do what he asks and just get on with it.”

The supporters coach to Lancaster will cost £16 and leaves the Shay at 11.30.

To book a place, call the travel line on 07707 143094.