Peacock: Play-off race will go down to the wire

Lancaster City head coach Darren Peacock.
Lancaster City head coach Darren Peacock.
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Lancaster City head coach Darren Peacock believes the Evo-Stik First Division North play-off race will go right down to the wire.

The Dolly Blues shocked Darlington 1883 with a 2-0 victory at Heritage Park on Wednesday night and go in search of a third win in a row when Mossley visit Giant Axe on Saturday.

The win over the fourth-placed Quakers moved City up to sixth, level on points with Bamber Bridge in the final play-off spot.

Head coach Darren Peacock said: “Personally, I think from second to fifth, we are fighting for one of those places.

“If you think we’ve still got to play Bamber Bridge twice, we’ve got to play Farsley and we’ve also got Curzon Ashton to play on the last game of the season.

“So it’s all to play for. Everybody in this league is capable of putting a good run together.

“We are capable of beating anybody on our day, we just need to do it on a consistent basis.

“It’s going be tight. It’s going to be exciting. I think it will go right down to the wire, although I hope it doesn’t from my point of view.”

Peacock hailed the win at Darlington in front of a bumper crowd of 956 as his side’s best of the season.

He said; “The lads are semi-pro so they had to work all – some of them, because of their work commitments, couldn’t join us on the team coach.

“They had drive up by themselves and it meant we got to the ground quite late.

“The pitch was quite soft down the middle but the lads were tremendous.

“I would say it was our best performance of the season.”

The head coach hopes it will be the perfect platform to avenge two defeats to Mossley earlier in the season.

He said: “We lost to them twice in a week earlier in the season in the league and in the FA Trophy.

“The last two games have been really big wins for us, especially coming away from home.

“But we need to get back to ground level and start from scratch again when we play Mossley.”

Lee Dodgson could feature having returned to Giant Axe this week with former Accrington Stanley goalkeeper Michael Donlon also joining the Dolly Blues to offer competition to Mike Hale.