Dolly Blues manager ready for big few weeks

Jordan Connerton on the ball for Lancaster City at Salford. Picture: Gareth Lyons
Jordan Connerton on the ball for Lancaster City at Salford. Picture: Gareth Lyons

Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock believes it’s “crunch time” for his side as they bid to reach the Evo-Stik First Division North play-offs.

The Dolly Blues will be hoping to bounce back from a disappointing defeat at nine-man Salford City last time out when fellow promotion chasers Ramsbottom United visit Giant Axe on Saturday.

The head coach said: “It’s a big weekend.

“A lot of the top six or top eight seem to be playing each other.

“We’ve got Ramsbottom, Bamber Bridge play Farsley and it’s Darlington against Curzon.

“It’s going to be an interesting weekend and it’s the perfect chance for us to right a few wrongs and get back to playing some of the football we like to play.

“It’s coming to that time of year. We’ve got Darlington and Mossley coming up too.

“It’s crunch time.”

There’s added incentive for the Dolly Blues on Saturday as they look to avenge a 6-0 defeat at Ramsbottom back in October.

Peacock said: “It was a funny game.

“We had our chances before they scored their six. It’s one of those things that happens sometimes.

“A lot of what we’re trying to do is make the players mentally tough.

“We don’t want to brush issues under the carpet but we need to learn from mistakes and move on. Not dwell on things.

“That’ll be the case this Saturday after what happened at Salford.”

There wasn’t a lot that didn’t happen at Salford as the Dolly Blues failed to press home a two-man advantage in the final stages.

Peacock said: “It was a game that had everything.

“There were sendings off, we had a goal disallowed which we thought was unjust and scored in the first 30 seconds I think.

“But at the end of the day it’s disappointing and frustrating.

“It’s one of the places we thought we could go and pick up three points.”

But Peacock is confident his side will be able to get it out of their system in time for Saturday.

He said: “The players were really disappointed after the game.

“But on the plus side the teams around us lost too, that seems to be the way it’s going.

“Now we’re just focussed on getting things right for the next game.

“We had a reserve team game on Tuesday (at Ashton) where most of the first team played to get it out of their system more than anything.”

Simon Wills could be fit in time to feature on Saturday but was set be assessed at training tonight, Thursday.

Glen Steel is however expected to come back into contention.

*Head coach Peacock will be making a trip to Wembley next month as the Dolly Blues have once again been recognised as part of the Respect Programme.

The City boss will join management teams from Skelmersdale United and Romulus as England face Denmark on Wednesday, March 5.

The Dolly Blues have been at the forefront of fair play for several seasons having won the FA’s National Club award in 2011 and won the trip to Wembley last season with Neil Wainwright and Michael Stringfellow taking in England’s game against Brazil.

Peacock said: “The chairman is big on fair play and respect to players, officials and supporters.

“I’ve never been one to hurl abuse and it’s great recognition for the club.”