Peacock wants big game feel week in, week out

Sam Bailey wins a header against Witton Albion. Picture: Tony North
Sam Bailey wins a header against Witton Albion. Picture: Tony North

Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock has challenged his side to replicate their big-game performances week in, week out.

The Dolly Blues impressed on their FA Cup run but have found consistent league form hard to come by with Peacock keen to see that rectified in a key part of the season.

The former Blackburn and Newcastle defender said: “We need to replicate the atmosphere we had against FC United and King’s Lynn.

“The lads battled and scrapped and played really well.

“We need that for the rest of the season.

“December and January are vital for us. It doesn’t matter how we win, we just need to pick a lot of points up.”

Harrogate Railway Athletic are the visitors to Giant Axe on Saturday as 14th in the Evo-Stik First Division North City look ahead to a busy month that sees them play away from home turf just once.

Peacock said: “I went and watched them on Saturday and they turned Northwich over.

“But in this league if you get a run together everybody’s got a chance.

“The bottom teams are beating some at the top, we just need to show some mental strength and consistency.

“I’m pretty confident about the next two months.”

City will go into the game with momentum after reaching the third round of the Doodson Sport Cup with a 4-2 win over Witton Albion at Giant Axe on Tuesday night.

Peacock said: “I thought we played really well.

“As per usual unfortunately there were individual errors defensively but footballing wise I thought we played really well.

“It doesn’t matter who you play against it’s all about our attitude and how we play. 
“I was pleased with the lads.

“Still they had two chances in the first 10 minutes which could have given us a mountain to climb.

“But Mike Hale made some great saves and in the end I think it was the right the result.”

It was the Dolly Blues’ first action of the week after seeing Saturday’s trip to Evo-Stik First Division North Leaders Darlington called off.

Peacock said: “We had a feeling it was going to be cancelled on the Friday.

“We’d heard the weather wasn’t going to be great and we’ve just got to get on with it.

“Looking back, hopefully it’s a bit of an omen because that’s what happened last season.

“It got cancelled and we went up there and won on a Wednesday.

“It could be a blessing in disguise who knows.”

The City boss continues to look for players to strengthen his squad with Tom Kilifin still unavailable after being the subject of an approach from Kendal Town.