Lancaster City set for Boxing Day derby with Kendal

Lancaster City's Tom Kilifin.
Lancaster City's Tom Kilifin.

Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock is looking forward to the added spice that comes with their Boxing Day derby against Kendal Town.

Not only are both clubs near neighbours but players from the two sides are no strangers to one another.

There are plenty of former City players in the Kendal ranks and vice versa with one of the Blues’ star men Tom Kilifin also having come close to a move to the Mintcakes earlier in the season.

Kendal boss Michael Stringfellow is also a former Dolly Blues player and manager himself.

As well as the action on the field Peacock is also hoping the game will be watched by a bumper festive crowd at Giant Axe.

He said: “There’s always a little added spice in games with Kendal because players frequently move between the clubs.

“The lads know each other and it’s a big game for both clubs.

“There’s a bit of history and I’m really looking forward to it.

“It’s got the makings of a good game and Boxing Day is one of the big football days of the calendar.

“Hopefully there’ll be a big crowd.”

It marks the start of a really busy time for all clubs in the Evo-Stik First Division North.

After the Boxing Day derby, City host Northwich Victoria two days later on December 28, before a trip to Clitheroe on New Year’s Day.

The Blues are then back at Giant Axe for another derby against Bamber Bridge on Saturday, January 3.

City boss Peacock admits to being less than impressed with the scheduling but is entering the period with a relatively healthy squad and knows a decent run would kickstart a stuttering season.

He said: “With respect, four games in eight days is a bit ridiculous.

“The Kendal game is the start of a really busy period where it starts to get condensed.

“It’s a big ask but we need to start winning games and with so many coming thick and fast it’s a good chance.”