Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock is pleased with his side’s new-found belief.
The Dolly Blues have kicked off the new Evo-Stik First Division North season with two wins in two against Farsley and Burscough. The head coach believes he has seen a change in his side’s mentality and backed them to take it into the games at Radcliffe Borough this Saturday, August 23, and at home to Clitheroe on Bank Holiday Monday, August 25.
Peacock said: “The hectic schedule is going to be a test of the squad because we’ve got a fairly small one.
“But hopefully we can show what we’ve shown in the last couple of games.
“I think all the lads have got belief that we can be a good side.
“I noticed a change in mindset towards the end of last season. They know they can win games and do it even when they’re not playing that well.”
Never more was that in evidence than when his side came back from 2-0 down at Burscough on Tuesday night to win 3-2.
Peacock said: “Last season I found one of the big things was getting the lads mentally prepared for Tuesday night games away from home.
“I think that was evident in the first half again at Burscough. “We could have been more than two down and Trevor (Sinclair, assistant manager) and I didn’t pull any punches at half-time.
“It was like a different team in the second half and we had made changes but it was mainly down to the players.
“To come from a long way back and seal it with 10 minutes to go was a great feeling.”
Peacock was also delighted with Saturday’s 3-0 opening day win over Farsley.
He said: “It was probably the best we’ve played in a long time.
“In the first half we were under pressure for about 10 or 15 minutes but didn’t panic and kept our composure.
“We tried to get across in pre-season that it’s okay not to have the ball for a while if we keep our shape.
“We also changed thinks around in the last 20 minutes so it was a good squad performance, as was Tuesday.”
Garry Hunter could return in time for the game at home to Clitheroe on Monday while Rob Henry took part in the warm-up at Burscough but is still a few weeks away from a first-team return as he makes a comeback from viral meningitis.
The Dolly Blues found out at the weekend they will travel to Washington in the preliminary round of the FA Cup on Saturday, August 30, after the Northern League Division 2 side beat Pickering 6-0 in the extra preliminary round.
The club will be a running a coach to both the cup tie and this Saturday’s game at Radcliffe. Call 01524 382238.
There will be a meet the manager event at Giant Axe this Friday at 6.15pm in the club bar. Fans are invited to come along and chat with Darren Peacock.