Lancaster boss: We need city’s support in promotion push

Darren Peacock and George Norrie look on against Wakefield.
Darren Peacock and George Norrie look on against Wakefield.

Darren Peacock is hoping the Lancaster public come out and back the Dolly Blues’ promotion push.

The Giant Axe head coach admitted he was disappointed with the below-par attendance for City’s 5-2 win over Wakefield on Saturday, their fifth victory in a row.

And with an ever-increasing cast of players from the district on show Peacock is hoping they are well backed by the city as their season enters a crucial period.

He said: “Against Bamber Bridge (on March 8) we had something like 13 players from the local area in the squad of 16. That’s what we’re trying to do at the club, promote local talent, and it was the same against Wakefield.

“So we’re left trying to work why the crowd was just 177 on Saturday.

“What we’re trying to say is that we’re trying to promote local players and need local people to come out and support us.”

It would appear there’s no better time to take in a Dolly Blues game than now with 15 points from the last 15 available having fired them well into the Evo-Stik First Division North promotion race.

Peacock’s side sit fifth on the same number of points as Farsley in fourth with a game in hand and the head coach believes the confidence is starting to shine through in his side even in games where they don’t completely hit their stride as against Wakefield on Saturday.

He said: “A lot of football is psychological.

“Winning breeds confidence and there’s a real belief in the side now.

“We didn’t let our heads drop when things didn’t completely go our way against Wakefield and reacted really well before finishing the game off in the closing stages.

“You don’t always have to play at 100 miles an hour all the time. It’s the three points that matters.”

Having seen off struggling Wakefield, 21st in the Evo-Stik First Division North, City now travel to Radcliffe Borough in 20th on Saturday and New Mills in 19th on Monday, March 24.

While they are weaker teams on paper, Peacock believes they will present different challenges to his side.

He said: “They’ll pose us different problems than the likes of Darlington at the top of the table.

“It’s funny how the fixtures have fallen with a run against some of the top teams followed by three teams on the spin towards the bottom.”

City look set to have a clean bill of health for the two games in three days.

*The Dolly Blues supporters are running a coach to Radcliffe on Saturday.

The cost is £10 return and leaves Giant Axe at 1.15pm with a pick up at the Holiday Inn on Caton Road at 1.30pm.

Call 01524 382238, visit the club office or email to book your place.