Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock is hoping his side can kickstart their season in their bread and butter - the Evo-Stik First Division North.
The Dolly Blues crashed out of the FA Trophy with a 5-1 defeat at Lancashire rivals Bamber Bridge on Tuesday night and now face a run of league games for the first time since the start of the season.
Victory would have seen City head to Spennymoor in the Trophy on Saturday, November 1, but they now travel to Ossett Albion in league action before hosting Burscough at Giant Axe next Tuesday night, November 4.
Sitting 11th in the division Peacock now wants his side to kick on.
The former Newcastle, Blackburn and Queens Park Rangers defender said: “I think we’re in a decent position in the league. “We’ve got games in hand and we’ve got to take advantage of that starting with a big game on Saturday.
“It would have been great to go to Spennymoor but we’ve now got a chance to get three points on the board at the start of a run of league games and get Tuesday night out of our system.
“We’ve never used the cup games as an excuse.
“They’re nice for the clubs at this level but the league is our number one.”
The Trophy exit to Brig was a forgettable night for the club with City not only shipping five goals but Peacock also learned on the day of the game he would be serving a touchline ban after his sending off against King’s Lynn Town in the FA Cup. With assistant boss Trevor Sinclair in Dubai it was left to reserve team manager Ian Hughes to man the touchline.
The players were also caught in traffic on route to the ground meaning it was a tough evening all round. Peacock said: “It was difficult for the lads because they only arrived at 7.30.
“They were sat on the minibus for two hours but again it was individual errors that cost us.
“It looked at times like the players had never played with each other before.
“In the second half I thought we did okay but we were 3-0 and 4-0 down.
“We’ve got to play with that kind of freedom when it’s 0-0 rather than when the game is over.”
Both Peacock and Sinclair will be back in the dugout on Saturday at Ossett as City look to record back-to-back league wins after last Saturday’s 3-1 win over Radcliffe.
The City boss knows if they are to put a string of results together they need to cut out their errors.
He said: “It’s about the consistency I’ve been banging on about since day one of being here.
“The less mistakes you make the better player you are.
“More often than not the mistakes we make are being punished.
“It’s not just defenders. It’s all over the pitch.
“We’re more potent in front of goal that we were last season but we’ve got to get back to basics defensively.”
Ryan Winder missed the defeat at Bamber Bridge through illness but should return on Saturday.
Ryan Elderton is also set to return after work commitments with Carnforth Rangers’ Mambwe Chilufya having deputised at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium.