Peacock bids to keep star striker at Lancaster

Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock. Pictures: Tony North
Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock. Pictures: Tony North

Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock is on the hunt for reinforcements with striker Tom Kilifin’s future up in the air.

Last season’s golden boot winner has been the subject of interest from rivals Kendal Town and according to Peacock is keen on the move.

Lancaster City striker Tom Kilifin.

Lancaster City striker Tom Kilifin.

The Dolly Blues however are standing firm after a seven-day notice of an approach from Michael Stringfellow’s Mintcakes with the player under contract at Giant Axe.

Peacock said: “Kendal put seven days in on him the day before the Droylsden game.

“But he’s a contracted player, one of two we have, and that’s the situation.

“If they want to put an offer in for him they can do. The ball is in their court.

“But we’ve heard nothing since then.

“He’s told me he wants to go to Kendal and doesn’t feel he’s in the right frame of mind to play for Lancaster City.

“We want him to stay. He knows how I feel.

“He has the potential to play at a higher level but I think it’s a sideways, maybe even a backwards, step.”

The stand-off means Peacock is keener than ever to bring in new recruits with the Dolly Blues heading to league leaders Darlington this Saturday, November 29.

Defender Adam Freeland has arrived from Clitheroe but the City boss’ work is far from done in the transfer market.

Peacock said: “We want more competition.

“I’ve put some feelers out about some potential new players and we’ll have to see what happens.”

City head to the North East this weekend on the back of a 2-0 defeat at Giant Axe against Salford City, a game watched by one of the club’s owners, former Manchester United and England great Paul Scholes.

It was a rare game where the hosts struggled to create chances, despite playing against 10 men for 50 minutes after Danny Webber’s red card.

Peacock said: “It was a disappointing second half especially.

“At half-time we thought we had a good chance and it’s not like us to not create chances.”

The City boss knows it will have to be a different story at Darlington but is confident of a repeat performance of last year’s game, when the Blues ran out 2-0 winners in the North East.

He said: “They’ve only conceded 10 goals all season.

“We’ve got to get back to creating chances. We can’t be down, I’m really looking forward to it and hoping the lads rise to the occasion.

“We’ve only got to look at last season.”

There is a supporters’ coach running to Darlington on Saturday. Call 01524 382238 to book a seat.