Lancaster City are halfway to an excellent start to the new Evo-Stik First Division North season, according to head coach Darren Peacock.
The Dolly Blues have won their two opening games, 1-0 at home to Cammell Laird on Saturday and 3-2 at much-fancied Warrington on Tuesday night.
And now Peacock has challenged his side to complete a hectic start to the season of four games in nine days in style as they travel to Padiham this Saturday and host Burscough on Bank Holiday Monday.
The former Newcastle United and Blackburn defender said: “The lads have been brilliant.
“The effort and commitment they’ve shown has been great.
“We always knew it was going to be a tough start with four games in nine days and we’re halfway there.
“Hopefully we can build on things in the next two games.”
Peacock has been most impressed with his side’s work rate in victories against two sides who are expected to be at the sharp end of things come the end of the season.
He said: “I said to the players hard work is the number one thing for any team.
“And I’m really pleased with them, especially what they managed on Tuesday night after a hard day’s work for most of them.
“At times we’re playing some really nice football as well.
“And we’re trying to work a lot on our shape and that has been really pleasing in the first two games.
“Six points out of six is obviously great too but it’s been the attitude of the players that has stood out.”
As for Tuesday night, Peacock says the come-from-behind win at Shaun Reid’s Wire thanks to Tom Kilifin’s stoppage-time winner is the kind that gives everyone involved at Giant Axe a real boost.
He said: “I was disappointed with the goals against but really, really pleased with the hard work of players.
“And we scored three well-worked goals. We weren’t just hitting it forward hoping for the best.
“For the first goal Aaron Taylor and Jacko (Mark Jackson) worked really well together and Aaron finished well.
“Simon Wearing had only been on the pitch two minutes when he scored and Tom Kilifin’s goal came from a fantastic cross from Gavin Clark.
“Away wins like that give the players and supporters a real lift.
“Hopefully we can carry it on because there’s still a long, long way to go and a lot of hard work to do.
“We’re still learning and getting to know each other.”
Rob Henry is City’s main injury concern going into the two games over the Bank Holiday Weekend.