Kilifin enjoying life on the left for Lancaster City

Tom Kilifin goes for goal against Harrogate Railway Athletic.
Tom Kilifin goes for goal against Harrogate Railway Athletic.
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Tom Kilifin is loving life on the left wing for Lancaster City.

The striker has been converted into a wide player by head coach Darren Peacock with a Dolly Blues side on a good run of form reaping the rewards.

And for player noted as a number nine throughout his career thus far, the City youth product has enjoyed switching to 11.

He said: “I’m enjoying it (on the left wing).

“It took a bit of getting used to and requires a bit more work rate but I’m getting more of the ball and I feel one of my strengths is running at defenders.

“The gaffer (Peacock) tried me out there early in the season I think because of my work rate and Tom Ince came in for a spell and played there but I’m back in and enjoying it.”

As a Newcastle United fan since he was a boy, Kilifin admits to having been excited by the arrival of former Magpies defender Peacock as head coach and says his methods are being well received by the players.

He said: “I’m a Newcastle fan, so worked especially hard when he came in to impress!

“I think we’ve adapted to the new style well because we’re trying to get it down and pass which is working well.

“He also gives everyone a voice in the dressing room which means everyone is getting that bit more confidence.”

It is a confidence that is being frustrating however with City’s last two games at Radcliffe Borough and New Mills being called off due to waterlogged pitches.

Kilifin said: “We just want to get back into it now.

“We won the game in between (the three games being called off) against Harrogate and you just want to get a bit of form going but it’s quite hard when you’re stopping and starting.

“Training is going well but it’s not the same as getting match time.”

In the longer term, the wide man believes the Dolly Blues should have their eyes fixed on one thing ahead of big few weeks that could determine the outcome of their season.

Kilifin said: “We’ve got to be looking at the play-offs. 
“We’ve got a big month coming up with games against Ramsbottom and Darlington who are around us in the league so we need to win those games.

“But we can’t take anything for granted and need to concentrate on Ossett Albion on Saturday.

“We need to have the same mentality for every game and go into every one thinking we can win, that’s what the gaffer tries to drill into us.”