Lancaster boss Peacock: Let’s push the tempo

Sam Bailey scored twice for Lancaster City against Burscough. Picture: Peter Gray.
Sam Bailey scored twice for Lancaster City against Burscough. Picture: Peter Gray.

Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock wants his side to push the tempo as they bid to climb the Evo-Stik First Division North table.

The Dolly Blues, currently 10th, got into a real pass and move groove in their 4-1 win over Burscough on Tuesday night with the head coach hoping for more of the same at second in the table Droylsden on Saturday.

Peacock said: “We’ve worked on it since I’ve been here.

“Short passing opens stuff up and if you’re confident enough to pass it five or 10 yards rather than knock it in the corner every time you get the ball then you’re going to get some joy.

“Sometimes it’s got to go in the corner but that short passing and then movement after that is what we’re looking for.

“Maybe it’s becoming more prominent and the lads are becoming more confident on the ball.

“Maybe they’re getting more movement in front of them too.

“That’s what we’re looking for though, we want to raise the tempo.”

City showed flashes of what Peacock is looking for in the 2-2 draw at Ossett Albion on Saturday before it came together in the comfortable league win over Burscough at Giant Axe.

He said: “I thought we started very, very well (on Tuesday).

“We passed it around nicely in the first half, didn’t rush things, were composed and opened them up quite a few times.

“We did the same on Saturday but finished it off better against Burscough.

“Second half we knew they were going to come out of the traps and they did.

“I’m not happy with conceding a goal but we rode the storm and overall I’m really pleased with the performance and the result.”

Droylsden is the start of a key period for the Dolly Blues with Peacock eyeing a good run before the crucial Christmas period.

He said: “December and January are going to be really important for us and we’ve got to pick up points before then.

“We’ve got a tough away game on Saturday though.

“They move the ball around quickly and I’m looking forward to it.

“We’ve got to go there in a positive frame of mind and carry on what we did on Tuesday and in the first half on Saturday.”

In terms of numbers for the game, Rob Henry is playing for Squires Gate to get game time while some first-teamers who didn’t feature against Burscough, including asssitant manager Trevor Sinclair, played in the 5-2 reserve team win over Nelson on Thursday night.

Peacock said: “We’ve got plenty of numbers now so there’s competition for places.

“It’s nice and healthy for the team and individuals.

“There’s a reserve game on Thursday and some of the lads who weren’t involved on Tuesday will play in that.

“Hopefully we’ll have near enough a full squad to choose from on Saturday.”