Peacock: Lets carry cup form into the league

Ryan Elderton, pictured with Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock, has returned to the club after starting the season with Slyne.
Ryan Elderton, pictured with Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock, has returned to the club after starting the season with Slyne.

Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock is hoping his side can take their free-scoring FA Cup form into the league.

The Dolly Blues were 7-0 winners at Northern League Division Two side Washington in the FA Cup preliminary round on Saturday and now face a busy week of Evo-Stik First Division North action.

They first travel to Mossley on Saturday before hosting Shaun Reid’s Warrington at Giant Axe on Tuesday, September 9, having lost their last two league games.

On the Washington game, Peacock said: “We played some really good football at times.

“The conditions were very difficult. It was really windy but we coped with it well, stuck to our guns and it could have been more in the end.

“It was a long way to travel but we got our rewards.

“I was really pleased with the performance. Now I hope we can put some of that into this Saturday and start another run going in the league.”

It was a good day on the player front as well with Ryan Elderton returning after a brief spell with Slyne-with-Hest and Garry Hunter and Rob Henry making their first appearances of the season after injury.

All three experienced players are set to be involved at Mossley, who Peacock went to watch on Tuesday night, as they went out of the FA Cup 2-1 in extra-time to fellow Evo-Stik First Division North side Burscough.

He said: “The fact it went to extra-time might benefit us.

“When they came to our place last season they were the biggest side I’d ever seen and were extremely direct.

“They played a little bit more football on Tuesday and had a few new faces. They were unlucky actually.

“We’re really looking forward to it.”

On the injury front Hunter got 75 minutes on his return to action before being taken off as a precaution while Henry got 20 minutes as he continues he comeback from viral meningitis.

The right back is set to play 45 minutes in the Dolly Blues’ reserve game against Hyde at Giant Axe tonight, Thursday, in a 7.45pm kick-off.

Sam Bailey and Jacob Davis remain a couple of weeks away from a return as Peacock slowly returns to a full compliment of players.

Both the head coach and his assistant boss Trevor Sinclair are set to feature for the Celebrity XI managed by Sam Allardyce that will take part in Morecambe FC’s charity tournament in aid of Prostate Cancer UK this Sunday, September 7, at the Globe Arena.