Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock believes his side’s game against play-off rivals Farsley is the biggest of their season so far.
The Dolly Blues are looking to get back to winning ways after slipping out of the Evo-Stik First Division North top five with disappointing defeats against Bamber Bridge and Northwich Victoria.
The poor week puts even more emphasis on the game against Farsley at Giant Axe on Saturday with the Yorkshire side two points and a place below sixth in the table City.
The head coach said: “It’s a huge, huge game for both sides.
“We’ve got seven games left and we need to start winning again so it’s a really big game from that point of view especially against one of our play-off rivals.
“It’s our biggest game of the season.”
Peacock was particularly disappointed with the derby defeat to Bamber Bridge last Saturday before being forced to shuffle the pack at Northwich on Tuesday.
Jordan Connerton has quit the club to move to Australia while Ryan Elderton and Glenn Steel were missing through work commitments and Tom Kilifin was injured.
The City boss said: “I was expecting to win both games to be honest.
“Saturday was particularly disappointing especially considering what we’ve done over the last few months.
“We created a few chances early on but stopped playing and started hitting long balls which isn’t the way I want to play.
“It was a very disappointing two games.”
While frustrated by Connerton’s exit, Peacock says the striker’s departure opens the door for others to feature in what is set to be a dramatic run in.
He said: “It’s a chance for someone else to come in.
“Aaron Taylor and Simon Wearing played against Northwich and can stake their claim for the final seven games of the season.”
Elderton and Steel are set to be available again against Farsley but Kilifin remains an injury doubt.