City hope to bounce back from first loss

Rob Henry consoles Glenn Steel following the defeat to Curzon Ashton.
Rob Henry consoles Glenn Steel following the defeat to Curzon Ashton.

Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock is hoping his side can bounce back when they host New Mills in the FA Trophy on Saturday.

The Dolly Blues lost for the first time this season on Tuesday when they exited the FA Cup with a 2-1 defeat in their second qualifying round replay against Curzon Ashton at Giant Axe.

The head coach, who could make several changes for the visit of the Derbyshire side in this weekend’s preliminary round tie, can’t wait to be back in action so his side can put the loss behind them.

He said: “It’s a chance for some of the other players to stake a claim because we have got injuries.

“We’ll see where we are at in training but we were already thinking about making changes because it is a squad game.

“It’s a chance to bounce straight back as well and I’m really looking forward to it.

“The games can’t come quickly enough for me.”

Peacock wasn’t concerned that the defeat meant City’s unbeaten run had come to end.

He said: “The run has never really concerned me and I told the players that.

“It was always going to end at some point and we just need to keep doing what we’ve been doing.

“It’s only ended against a side at the top of the division who we’re a couple of points behind.”

One of Saturday’s injury concerns is Neil Marshall who will miss the game after being stamped on against Curzon in an incident that saw Ashton man Ryan Brooke receive a straight red card.

The City skipper was due to see a specialist on Wednesday to assess the damage to his shoulder but is hopeful of a quick return.