Lancaster City boss Peacock battling mounting injury list

Mike Hale is available again for Lancaster City.
Mike Hale is available again for Lancaster City.

Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock is battling a mounting injury list ahead of a busy Easter weekend.

The former Newcastle and Blackburn defender has concerns over a number of players and was only able to name three substitutes, including assistant manager Trevor Sinclair, in the 1-0 defeat at lowly Prescot Cables on Tuesday night.

After three away games City return to Giant Axe on Saturday to face play-off chasing Mossley before a big Easter Monday derby at Kendal Town.

But they could be without a host of players as Tom Kilifin and Matty Poole battle hamstring problems, Reece Pearce a groin injury and Tom Woods illness.

Peacock said: “I should have a stronger squad than I did on Tuesday night.

“It’s all just part of the game but it’s tough.

“Tom Kilifin, Jacob Davis and Matty Poole all came off against Farsley (a 1-0 win on Saturday).

“Jacob is okay but Matty had to come off again on Tuesday.

“We had a reserve game on the same night and for a club of our size it’s difficult to divide players between the first team and the reserve team.

“Trevor came in and did well and the way things are going he could be used again on Saturday.

“We’ll see what the numbers are looking like in training.”

Number one goalkeeper Mike Hale will be back available after a prearranged holiday after Mike Donlon impressed on his debut against Prescot.

Aaron Taylor could also feature with work commitments having limited his appearances in the latter part of the season.

Peacock said: “We’ve got some big games coming up.

“Mossley are doing really well and are top of the form guide and then obviously Monday’s game against Kendal is massive for everyone.”

The City boss will be looking for his side to bounce back after a disappointing display in defeat at Prescot came on the back of a fine win at Farsley.

Peacock said: “Tuesday was a bit of a shock to be honest.

“Conditions were really difficult like they were at Farsley but normally we cope with them.

“We didn’t stick to our game plan though which was the most disappointing thing for me and Trevor.

“We went direct far too quickly and didn’t stick to our passing game.

“We did create chances and defended well but it was disappointing not to score against a team that has conceded a lot this season.

“Against Farsley we were disciplined and controlled the game but we only showed flashes of that at Prescot.”

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