Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock is looking forward to facing some old foes this Saturday as his team host Salford City at the Giant Axe.
Salford’s joint owners Manchester United legends and Class of ‘92 alumni Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes may not join the Ammies boss Phil Power on the touchline but Peacock is keen to beat his former top flight rivals’ new side.
Peacock’s career ended in 2000 and he is pleased to see a wealth of former pros - including his assistant boss and former QPR team mate Trevor Sinclair - involved in non-league.
He said: “I have played against them in my playing days whilst at Newcastle United, QPR and Blackburn Rovers.
“It’s a big game for both clubs. To be fair there are quite a lot of ex-Premier League players in non-league, and some that are still playing.
“It’s a football thing you can have a bit of banter with “people you know before or after a match.
“Trevor played for us last week and a few other players are still playing which is good for non-league.”
The Dolly Blues are 11th in the Evo-Stik Division One North table and Peacock hopes they can build on their 5-0 Tuesday night drubbing of local rivals Clitheroe.
Peacock’s men erased the memories of back-to-back defeats against Droylsden and Ossett Town by knocking Clitheroe out of the Doodson Cup in emphatic fashion.
And Peacock believes the result was the perfect tonic and has given them confidence ahead of the clash against fourth-place Salford.
He said: “Last night’s result was just the tonic and has given us a boost - we are hoping to get on a winning run.
“We have a difficult two games coming up, Salford on Saturday and we play top of the league Darlington 1883 next and anyone can beat anyone in this league.”
But despite Tuesday night’s demolition Dolly Blues boss Peacock has urged his men to be more ruthless and take their chances on Saturday.
He said: “It is nice to get back to winning ways but we still need to be a bit more ruthless in front of goal.
“We have played like that in fits and starts for 30 or 40 minutes of games when the side has been dangerous going forward but not really connecting or finishing.
“The lads haven’t been making the right pass or making the most of our goal scoring chances.
“We still missed a few opportunities against Clitheroe and some final passes went astray but it was good to get five on the board and a clean sheet.
“I think we could have had a few more but this result is something we have been threatening to do all season.”