Lancaster City kick-off their season on Saturday with Darren Peacock admitting it’s been a long time coming.
Having taken charge of the final game of last season against Salford and overseen an unbeaten pre-season the head coach can’t wait for the game against Cammell Laird this Saturday, August 17, at Giant Axe.
He said: “The Salford game seems a million miles away.
“We’re still going to be progressing throughout the season and getting to know each other but this is what we’ve been gearing towards throughout pre-season and it’s finally here.
“Whichever club you support or whoever you play for, this is what it’s all about.
“We know it’s going to be a long, long season but we’re just looking forward to it now so we can see where we are.”
The pre-season campaign finished with a 0-0 draw against a young Blackburn Rovers side at Giant Axe on Friday night, meaning City go into the season with five wins and three draws, having scored 21 and conceded just three.
Peacock said: “In the Blackburn game people talked about the defences cancelling each other out but over the eight games we’ve created lots and lots of chances which has been a big positive and the lack of goals against is another one too.
“It’s all geared towards Saturday and hopefully we can carry that form on into the league.”
City are sweating on the fitness of full back Rob Henry ahead of the game after he limped off against Rovers and he will be assessed at training, tonight, Thursday.
Simon Wearing is also back in training after missing most of pre-season and could be amongst the players in need of match time to feature in City’s reserves trip to Witton Albion on Friday night.
Dave Swarbrick will not be part of the squad however after the club elected against taking him on for the new season.
The Dolly Blues announced two weeks ago that the striker was returning to Giant Axe for the coming season but that will now not be the case due to budget constraints.
Director of football Mick Hoyle said: “Things didn’t quite stack up financially and I’ve spoken to Dave.
“We’re really pleased with the squad of 19 we’ve got, supported by the reserves and under 18s.”