Mixed emotions for City boss after cup exit

Alistair Waddecar puts Bamber Bridge ahead on their way to a 3-1 win at Giant Axe on Tuesday night. Picture: Stefan Willoughby
Alistair Waddecar puts Bamber Bridge ahead on their way to a 3-1 win at Giant Axe on Tuesday night. Picture: Stefan Willoughby

Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock had mixed feelings after his side were knocked out of the Doodson Sport Cup by Lancashire rivals Bamber Bridge on Tuesday night.

The Dolly Blues lost 3-1 on Tuesday night, leaving the Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy as their only remaining knockout competition.

It was a disappointing night for City but Peacock admitted the hectic start to the season has hit his ability to work with his side on the training pitch and contributed to a mounting injury list.

North West Counties side Nelson visit Giant Axe in the last 16 of the county cup next Tuesday, November 19, after the Dolly Blues’ trip to Ossett Albion in the Evo-Stik First Division North this Saturday.

The head coach said: “We want to win and do well in every competition but we’ve not had the time we had in pre-season and at the start of the season to work on things. We trained Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday but in recent weeks we’ve obviously got out of that routine and not been able to work on our organisation and things like that.

“It (the Lancashire Trophy) the last competition we’re involved in.

“Things were really congested at the start of the season which was a bit strange to me.

“Hopefully that means in the coming weeks out injury list will go down.

“We’ll put our strongest side out possible but we’ll have to assess what we’ve got after Saturday.”

On the defeat to Brig, Peacock wasn’t too unhappy with what he saw from a side that was a mixture of youth and experience.

He said: “We want to bring through local lads and have to give them a chance to show us what they can do.

“I’m disappointed with the result but I think that’s what we’ve got to do now, mix the experienced players with the younger ones coming through.

“Some of it was forced through injuries but it gives the others a good opportunity.”

The Lancashire derby loss came after City’s incredible 9-4 win at Wakefield on Saturday a game that almost left Peacock lost for words.

He said: “I don’t think any of us had ever been involved in a game like that - I don’t really know what to say.

“With no disrepect to Wakefield you’d expect to win when you score four goals at home.

“From our point of view we proved we can score goals which is pleasing because we’ve had a problem taking chances in recent weeks.

“It was a day for the record books.”

Mark Jackson, Gary Hunter, Simon Wills and Rob Henry are set to miss the trip to Ossett Albion on Saturday.

The injury list means City could dip into the transfer market.

Peacock said: “We’ve got a budget to work within so for people to come in there might have to be changes in our squad.

“But we’ve pinpointed targets we might want to bring in and will take stock after the weekend.”