Lancaster City’s first trip to Barbados was a great life experience for the club’s young players according to boss Darren Peacock.
The Dolly Blues took an under 23 side made up largely of fringe and reserve team players to the Kickstart International Invitational Tournament in Christ Church as they look to build up links on the island.
First team coach George Norrie set up the unlikely trip due to his relationship with Kickstart founder David Porter.
And Peacock says what the club hope will be the first of many visits was a resounding success as his side ended the five-team competition by losing the final on penalties before returning to the UK last Monday, July 7.
He said: “It was fantastic.
“I think it was a great life experience for the lads.
“It was disappointing not to win after going all that way but I can’t praise the lads highly enough.
“They didn’t let the club or their families down. They stayed with host families and we didn’t have any complaints.”
The most challenging thing for the players, who included Billy Akrigg, Simon Wearing and Jacob Davis was the conditions in the Caribbean.
Peacock said: “We obviously want to build up links but first and foremost it was about the football and it was difficult.
“The pitches weren’t great and the opposition was totally different to what the lads have come up against before.
“The conditions were difficult too. We played one game at 4pm in the sweltering heat when even standing still was hard work.
“And on one day we played two games when the humidity was making it difficult.
“The lads were great though.”
Teams from around the islands included the University of West Indies and a Kickstart side with City taking a look at some of the talent on show with a view to them possibly playing at Giant Axe in the future.
Peacock said: “We did have a look at some of their players and couple caught the eye.
“But it’s very early days. The trip as a whole was a success though.”