Lancaster City’s promotion strategy over the final few months of the season is to hit the front now – and let everyone else worry about them.

The Dolly Blues have already enjoyed a long stint as the leaders of the NPL Premier Division earlier in the season.

But they were overtaken before the turn of the new years as their rivals at the top, such as current leaders South Shields, Basford United and FC United of Manchester, began to catch up in terms of games played.

However, City have consolidated their position in the play-off positions and remain within striking distance of the top.

Their cause has been helped by a clutch of victories in recent weeks, while other teams have dropped points

Indeed a win this weekend over mid-table Mickleover Sports at Giants Axe could see City return to the summit – if other results go their way.

“Our strategy going forward would be to get out in front if we can, “ said boss Mark Fell. “I would expect South Shields to win at Grantham, but if they were to slip up, Basford – who are second – play Nantwich, who are fifth. That could be a draw.”

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