Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock is hoping his side can go on another fine run of form after picking up their first win in four league and cup games on Tuesday night.
The Dolly Blues won 2-1 at Prescot Cables, Dave Swarbrick returning to the club with a goal, after a 0-0 draw against Darlington in front of a bumper Giant Axe crowd on Saturday.
New Mills are the visitors to the city on Saturday having been seen off 6-0 in the FA Trophy on their last trip to North Lancashire at the start of the month.
Peacock, whose side sit fourth in the Evo-Stik First Division North, doesn’t think the previous result will have any bearing on this weekend’s meeting but hopes it will mark the start of another good run for his side.
He said: “We won’t think too much about it but there are positives like the way we created chances and took them.
“But for me the game was too open from the start and we could have been 2-0 down.
“They seem to be able to score or concede loads of goals from game-to-game like a lot of teams in this league.
“It’s our job to take advantage of that and we need to go into the game with the right attitude.
“It would be nice to now go on another run like we did at the start the season.”
After a difficult week with two defeats against Mossley the head coach was pleased to see his side bounce back this time around starting with the stalemate against much-fancied Darlington in front of nearly 600 fans.
Peacock said: “That’s what players want, to play in front of bigger crowds.
“For us it’s good to see how the players react.
“We created a few more chances but going into Saturday I’d have taken four points out of six this week.”
It was the manner of the Prescot victory that particularly impressed the City boss however.
He said: “It was a pleasing win in many ways.
“It was a difficult game in difficult conditions and in the last couple of weeks things haven’t come off for us.
“We had injuries and illness to contend with so I was really pleased with the way we battled.”
Ben Hudson, Danny MacDonald, Glenn Steel and Billy Akrigg are all expected to feature for the reserves tonight, Thursday, against Ashton Athletic at Giant Axe as they look for game time on their comebacks from injury.
New defensive signing Ryan Thompson could also play, the former Blackburn Rovers and Bamber Bridge centre half having arrived at Giant Axe this week.
Contrary to some reports of a move to Nantwich Town, Tom Ince also remains a Lancaster City player having only recently arrived from Chorley.
After the visit of New Mills to Giant Axe on Saturday, City then host Clitheroe on Tuesday, November 5 in a 7.45pm kick-off.