City hope for some cup magic

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Lancaster City head coach Darren Peacock is looking forward to the special atmosphere that comes with the FA Cup.

The Dolly Blues make the trip to Farsley on Saturday for the preliminary round tie against a side who have won all their home games so far this season, including knocking off Evo-Stik First Division North title favourites Darlington 4-2 on Saturday.

A victory would also provide a welcome cash boost to the Dolly Blues with £1,925 awarded to the winners.

Peacock said: “The FA Cup’s always very special. We’re really looking forward to it.

“We’re going there to win it, and if I’m right, you can name seven subs so there will be a few of the younger lads coming with us.

“It’s good to get everybody involved as much as possible.”

City are still unbeaten in the league after adding two draws over the bank holiday weekend to two opening 

Peacock was left to rue what might have been as his side were held 0-0 at Padiham on Saturday and played out a 1-1 stalemate at Giant Axe against Burscough on Monday.

The head coach said: “The feeling is purely frustration.

“We created enough chances to win five games let alone two.

“Padiham set there stall out for a point from the start but it’s up to us to draw them out and find a way through.

“And I think on Monday we found it difficult after playing four games in nine days but that’s what happens when you’ve got a small squad.

“But we’ve got something we can build on. It’s been a decent start.”

nThe Dolly Blues have added two more players to their squad in the last seven days.

The versatile Rory Winters will return to Giant Axe with the Dolly Blues also adding former Bamber Bridge and Fleetwood goalkeeper Mike Hale to their squad.

The future of former Kendal man Winters had been unclear having finished the season with City before playing in Canada over the summer.

The defender or midfielder is awaiting international clearance, which he needs before he can pull on a City shirt again.

nLancaster City will host Rochdale Town in the Lancashire Challenge Trophy on Tuesday, October 15.

It means their Evo-Stik First Division North clash at Ramsbottom United has been moved to Tuesday, October 8.