City head coach demands final push

New head coach at Lancaster City, Darren Peacock.
New head coach at Lancaster City, Darren Peacock.
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New Lancaster City head coach Darren Peacock says he wants to see “one last effort” ahead of his managerial bow this weekend.

Saturday’s game at Salford City is the Dolly Blues’ final game of the season and the former Newcastle United defender’s first at the helm.

The 45-year-old admits it is a slightly odd situation but is hopeful of picking up three points in Greater Manchester.

He said: “I just want to start and finish on a good note!

“It’s a bit of a strange one and it’s been a long season for the lads.

“It’s been really up and down and that takes its toll physically and mentally but I’ve just asked for one last effort.

“Hopefully we can put in a good performance, work hard and get the result we all want.”

Prior commitments meant Peacock couldn’t take over ahead for the roller coaster 4-3 victory at now relegated Garforth Town on Saturday despite being confirmed as City boss last week.

He took Giant Axe training for the first time on Tuesday said he enjoyed his first couple of hours with the players.

The head coach said: “It was good to get going, it’s been a couple of weeks coming.

“It was an extremely good first session and I hope the lads enjoyed it too.

“The main aim was just to meet up with the lads.

“It was a bit of fun, we didn’t take it too seriously but we wanted to put them through their paces and there was a bit of an edge to it.”

The squad worked on passing and movement with Peacock admitting it’s difficult to get too much across in just one session.

His brief time in the hotseat also means there won’t be any changes in terms of personnel for the trip to a side 17th in the Evo-Stik First Division North with nothing to play for.

He said: “We can’t change too much structurally ahead of Saturday so the thinking was to work on the basics and just get to know each other.

“There will be no personnel changes or anything like that.

“One session isn’t going to make too much of a difference but I was impressed with their work ethic.”

While hopeful of maximum points the new man at the helm’s minimum hope is that his new players take something on board from the brief time they’ve had

together on the training field.

He said: “It would be great to get a win but the main thing is that the lads take something from Tuesday into the game.

“It would show they’re taking on my beliefs and that they are listening.”

The former central defender also maintained then when he starts working regularly with the players in pre-season his focus will be on creating a solid defensive platform.

He said: “From the strikers to the keeper that’s what we will be working on next season.

“We obviously want to try and play good football as well.”

Following the trip to Salford on May 4 the Dolly Blues will hold their end of season awards evening at Squires Snooker Centre on King Street, Lancaster.

The gongs , including the Lancaster Guardian Player of the Year Award, will be handed out from 7.30pm.

All supporters are welcome