Mark Fell (Photo: Tony North)

The Dolly Blues found themselves on the wrong side of the field against Warrington Town, losing 1-0 at Giant Ax.

This was followed by a 2-0 loss to Atherton Collieries the previous week, although City progressed in the FA Cup on Saturday and the NWCL team beat Northwich 1-0 at home in the first qualifying round in 1874.

That gave them an away trip to Morpeth Town on Saturday and, oddly enough, they’ll be playing the Highwaymen in the league on their own field next Tuesday.

This weekend they will try to regain that feeling of winning when they travel to Basford United.

It was an odd start for City as after a 1-0 defeat by 10 men to Whitby Town on day one, they then drove a brilliant run of four straight wins and scored 16 goals.

Looking at their balance sheet as a whole would suggest inconsistency, however, but Fell believes it’s not that straightforward.

“Tuesday night was just playing with the edges,” said Fell. “It was so tight. There was nothing between us and Warrington, except that they had a moment when they could take advantage of us and score the goal.

“We were probably the better team in terms of territory in the last half hour.

“We held onto them and created a few chances, but we probably didn’t have the one that we would have used.

“It was a little frustrating, but we’ll probably have a couple of those marginal games, that’s the competitive nature of the competition.

“The first goal is to get out of games unbeaten and win something.

“One point on the balance sheet would have been a fair reflection.

“Football is not fair and we have to regret that we did not defend a breakaway group as well as we should have.

“But if you take Atherton Colls’ result out of the equation, we won four and lost two by a very small margin.

“I think we have two more points in our grand total, I think that would better reflect where we are.”

Fell announced that it was entirely possible to switch some of the older members of his cadre for the trip to Basford.

The Nottinghamshire team play on a 3G plastic surface which is physically tough for players and which may be felt the most by advanced years players. “I think Basford is in the top three in this league,” said Fell.

“They have huge resources and it is a long way for us. “They have a 3G pitch which I don’t think doesn’t hurt us because I think we have players who can perform well on this floor.

“I think the biggest threat to us is that we will be playing on 3G courses next week – Basford this weekend and then twice in Morpeth next week.

“That will challenge some of the older players because it hurts their bodies. “People like David Norris and Glenn Steel are going to have a tough time so I think we have to rotate a bit, maybe change things.”

In the meantime, veteran striker Matty Blinkhorn has left the club. The 36-year-old pre-season forward was unable to join the squad due to his recent professional commitments and on that basis it was mutually decided that he will not return to the club.

He came from AFC Fylde in the summer of 2018 and represented City 77 times, scoring 10 goals.