Lancaster City set for final day decider at Giant Axe

Glenn Steel is touch and go to face Curzon Ashton on Saturday. Picture: Stefan Willoughby
Glenn Steel is touch and go to face Curzon Ashton on Saturday. Picture: Stefan Willoughby
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Lancaster City’s season all comes down to a make-or-break clash with Curzon Ashton at Giant Axe on Saturday.

The Dolly Blues know victory over the Evo-Stik First Division North champions in the final match of the current campaign coupled with defeat for Ramsbottom United against Bamber Bridge will see them make the play-offs.

Head coach Darren Peacock said: “We can’t affect the other game, just our own.

“There’s no point in drawing or losing and then wondering what if.

“We’ve got to focus on doing our job and winning the game and then we can start looking at the other score.

“There’s nothing more we can do. It’s a big game for everybody at the club are we’re really looking forward to it.

“This is the biggest game of the lot.”

Not being distracted by the scoreline at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium will be difficult with the crowd likely to make the City players well aware of where they stand.

Peacock has always predicted it would go down to the final game but admitted his frustration that his side hadn’t already sealed their post-season berth.

He said: “With social media and things people will be checking the score and we can’t ask people not to shout it out.

“We’ve had chances to put this to bed and make sure of our place in the play-offs weeks ago and it’s unfortunate that it’s out of our hands to a certain extent.

“It’s come down the final game which I’ve thought it would all along.

“Looking at the run in everyone had tough games and there was always going to be unpredictable results.”

Curzon sealed their title triumph weeks ago but Peacock insists they have plenty to play for as they sit on 99 points entering the final game of the season.

The head coach said: “They are the best team in the league, the league shows that.

“They may have dropped off a little after winning the title but we’ll give them the respect they deserve.

“They’ll be hoping to top 100 points so they’ve got something to play for.”

The Dolly Blues boss is hoping that a big Giant Axe crowd will be present on Saturday to potentially cheer his side into the top five.

Peacock said: “It would be great if we can get some more people through the gate.

“We need the Lancaster public to come out and support us.

“We really appreciate the great support we’ve already got but we’re hoping for more on Saturday.

“We play attractive football and try to entertain and know more people cheering us on would kick us on to another level.”

Defenders Glen Steel and Rob Henry will be assessed ahead of the game while Dave Swarbrick returned to the Dolly Blues against Kendal and is set to bolster their attacking options again against Curzon Ashton.