Head coach Peacock looks ahead to big month for Lancaster City

City v Ossett Town
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Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock is taking nothing for granted despite his side having a string of winnable games ahead in January.

The Dolly Blues play five teams in the bottom half of the table over the next four weeks having taken on high-flying Warrington and Curzon Ashton, as well as local rivals Kendal, in December.

City, who sit sixth in the Evo-Stik First Division North, were due to visit Burscough yesterday, New Year’s Day, ahead of welcoming Harrogate Railway Athletic to Giant Axe on Saturday, January 4.

Peacock said: “I take things month by month.

“It’s something I have communicated to the players that on paper we have a decent run coming up in January.

“We won’t be taking anything for granted but it is a good run.

“It’s funny how the fixtures have fallen as well playing two of the teams in the best form in the league before some of the teams lower down in the table.

“But we’re going to be coming up against teams who are fighting for their lives so it’s not going to be easy.

“It’s all about our attitude. It’s got to be the same against the teams towards the bottom as it was against the likes of Warrington and Curzon.”

Peacock admitted to having mixed feelings about his side’s performances over the Christmas week, as the Dolly Blues drew 2-2 with Kendal on Boxing Day before a 2-1 triumph over Ossett Town at Giant Axe on Saturday.

He said: “In the Kendal game we didn’t perform to our best, especially in the first half.

“It was a typical Boxing Day game. It started off a bit sluggish with players working off their turkey in the first half before a good second half.

“Ossett was a really tough game but we battled and worked really hard.

“Losing the two points against Kendal was disappointing but overall I think we can be satisfied with four points from six.”

The City boss has a couple of injury concerns.

Simon Wills was taken to hospital after going off against Ossett and is expected to be out for around a couple of weeks with a badly sprained ankle.

Tom Kilifin failed a fitness test for the game against the Yorkshire outfit after taking a heavy knock against Kendal but was due to be assessed ahead of the Burscough game as the Guardian went to press.

Captain Neil Marshall is back in light training as he continues his recovery from groin surgery.

Peacock said: “We’re looking okay at the moment and all the young lads who have come in have done really well.

“Josh Donnelly did really well against Ossett after Killer (Kilifin) failed his fitness test and Rob Walker was the same.

“Everyone’s contributed when needed which is really pleasing.”