Lancaster City made to wait for next friendly

Aaron Taylor wins a header against Blackpool. Picture: Tony North
Aaron Taylor wins a header against Blackpool. Picture: Tony North

Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock admits to being frustrated as his side wait a week for their next pre-season friendly.

With West Auckland cancelling a planned game at Giant Axe on Saturday the next match is at home to Penrith on July 25.

City have thus far gone down to encouraging defeats in their two toughest pre-season tests on paper against Blackpool and Barrow.

Peacock said: “We’ll still be working.

“We’ll have an in-house game on Saturday but it was disappointing to see West Auckland pull out.

“We’ve not been able to find a replacement of that quality that will give us the test we need but we’ll be training Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday so the lads won’t be going short.”

The Blues chief was pleased with what he saw against Barrow despite the 5-1 scoreline on Wednesday night.

Peacock said: “I thought the lads did great against a side three divisions above us.

“They’ve come back fit and it was a chance for everyone to get more minutes under their belts.

“I thought we played some really good football at times.

“The intensity of the game was really high for a pre-season match so I’m pleased there’s no injuries and with 90 minutes for a lot of the players all in all it was a good night.

“I’m not happy with the goals against but it’s pre-season and we can work on that.”