Possession is nine-tenths of the law or so the saying goes.
And Lancaster City head coach Darren Peacock is pleased to see his side taking heed of that as they continue to thrive with the ball at their feet.
The former Newcastle and Blackburn Rovers defender has encouraged his side to get it down and play since arriving in April and saw the best possession performance of his reign in the 1-0 victory over Evo-Stik First Division North bottom side Ossett Albion at Giant Axe on Saturday.
The Dolly Blues boss said: “It was probably the best we’ve been so far in terms of keeping possession of the ball.
“That was really pleasing.
“We didn’t create many chances in the first half but the goalscoring opportunities came in the second half and we should have probably taken more of them.
“It was just the final ball at times, whether it was a misunderstanding or a bad decision.
“But we passed the ball well on a difficult pitch against a team who came to get any points that they could.”
And Peacock will be hoping for more of the same from his side when they travel to Salford City on Saturday, hoping to make it four wins in a row.
He said: “We’re just really looking forward to it and want to carry on the things we’ve been doing.
“Over the last four to six weeks we’ve really improved.
“I went and watched Salford a couple of weeks ago when our game was called off and they beat Mossley 6-2.
“The pitch seems to holding up quite well with the recent weather and hopefully we can take advantage of that with our 4-4-2 and the wide players getting down the sides.”
The head coach could have a fully fit squad to choose from with captain Neil Marshall amongst those set to feature for the reserves on Thursday when they welcome former Dolly Blues assistant boss Phil Brown and his Myerscough College side to Giant Axe.
The game in Greater Manchester also represents a repeat of Peacock’s first game in charge on the final day of last season when he oversaw a 1-0 defeat.
He’s hoping for a different story this time around.
The head coach said: “We’ve got a similar squad but have made a few changes down the spine of the team since then.
“At least I’ll know all of the players’ names now!
“I’m hoping we create the same amount of chances that we did in May and just come away with the win this time.”
A supporters’ coach will be running to Salford is there is sufficient demand.
Call the club office on 01524 382238 before noon, today, Thursday, to book a seat costing £10.