Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock is confident his side will bounce back after two disappointing defeats over the bank holiday weekend.
The Dolly Blues fell 3-2 at Radcliffe Borough and 3-1 at home to Clitheroe in the space of three days and will hope to rediscover the form that saw them win their opening two games when they travel to Washington in the FA Cup this Saturday, August 30.
Despite the back-to-back losses Peacock is relatively pleased with what he has seen from his side this season.
The head coach said: “I don’t think we’re too far away.
“The lads were tired on Monday and we knew that was going to be the case after four games in nine days.
“And looking back over the first few matches we’ve been chasing the game a lot and that affects you mentally and physically.
“Overall, I’m not too despondent.
“We’ve got the nucleus of a good squad, we’ve just got to pick ourselves up because it’s a big game on Saturday.”
The FA Cup preliminary round tie in the North East against the Northern League Division 2 side is one that Peacock isn’t taking lightly despite his side being the favourites.
He said: “We’ll give them total respect and prepare as we always do.
“We’re really looking forward to it. It goes without saying how important the FA Cup is.
“Every club in our situation is looking for a decent cup run. We want to start winning again and of course there’s the financial incentive.”
On the injury front, Jacob Davis, knee, and Sam Bailey, thigh, are set to miss out at Washington after picking up injuries over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Garry Hunter is also not ready after picking up an ankle injury in pre-season with Rob Henry set to feature for the reserves this week as he continues his recovery from vital meningitis.