Lancaster City are learning how to come out on the right side of tight games according to boss Darren Peacock.
The Dolly Blues battled to a third straight win to start 2015 with a 2-1 victory over Marine at Giant Axe on Tuesday night as they progressed to the quarter-finals of the Doodson Sport Cup.
Having seen impressive performances come to nothing in the first half of the season Peacock sees no reason why his side can’t carry on their fine start to the new year starting with Ossett Albion’s visit to Giant Axe this Saturday.
The City boss said: “I don’t see any reason whatsoever why we can’t go on a good run.
“I’m not getting carried away at all but I’ve always felt we’ve never been far away.
“We’re learning how to win games that are really, really tight.
“Maybe we didn’t put that into practice at the start of the season. “Hopefully we’ve learnt from our mistakes because that’s what it’s all about.”
Tom Kilifin got the winner just before the hour mark against Marine, his first goal since an approach from Kendal saw him nearly leave Giant Axe.
It was a committed performance from front to back as the Dolly Blues, who finished with 10 men after Sam Bailey’s red card, battled dreadful conditions to reach the last eight.
Peacock said: “I thought we played well.
“Their ‘keeper made three or four saves in the first 15 minutes before we took the lead.
“In the second half we started slowly on a difficult pitch and they went 4-2-4, really attacking, but it was a good finish from Killer and it was a well-deserved win for us.
“Sam got sent off with 10 minutes to go and it really was backs to the wall in the second half.
“They caused us a few problems but we kept our shape and discipline defensively.
“But overall I thought it was a good result for us.”
The league cup is a competition that is gaining more interest as each round passes with Peacock enjoying the challenge of playing against Evo-Stik Premier Division sides like Marine.
He said: “The further we go the more important the competition is becoming.
“We all we want to win every game and we’ve played five or six games against teams in the league above now and we’ve done really well against all of them.
“It’s a bonus for us and just keeps that momentum going
“It’s fantastic because we want to go all the way.
“We’re hoping now for a kind draw and hopefully we can go on to bigger and better things.”
Kilifin’s goal marked a fine return from injury with fellow forward Aaron Taylor also returning as an unused sub. Another key man, Ryan Winder, could make his comeback from a groin injury against Ossett Albion on Saturday as the Blues squad looks as healthy as it has done all season.
Lancaster City’s trip to Brighouse Town on Saturday was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
The jackpot for the Lancaster Guardian-sponsored Treasure Chest draw is £200 for Saturday’s game against Ossett Albion. Tickets £1.