Peacock: Boxing Day derby is what football’s all about

Lancaster City head coach Darren Peacock.
Lancaster City head coach Darren Peacock.
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Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock is relishing his side’s derby with Kendal Town on Boxing Day despite a string of injury concerns.

The head coach saw Rob Henry, Rob Walker and Ben Hudson fail fitness tests before the 1-0 defeat at Curzon Ashton on Saturday with strikers Jordan Connerton and Aaron Taylor both going off injured at the Tameside Stadium.

But Peacock says he won’t be making any excuses ahead of the clash with the Mintcakes at Giant Axe.

He said: “There’s a lot of lads who will be playing for Lancaster and were at Kendal and vice-versa.

“But all that goes out of the window when the game gets under way.

“We want the three points and although a lot of the lads will know each other there’s nothing wrong with a bit of friction in a derby. That’s what football’s all about.

“Despite our injury worries it’s a game you’ve got to look forward to because these are the games you want to be involved in.

“On paper over the next five weeks we should be looking to pick up plenty of points between now and the end of January.

“I’m really looking forward to the whole period.”

There’s no let up for City who then host Ossett Town two days later on Saturday, December 28, before a trip to Burscough on New Year’s Day. 
But Peacock wouldn’t have it any other way despite concerns over a number of players in what is the busiest period of the season.

The head coach said: “Football’s a sport for the people.

“When I was playing I spent all my holidays working, training and sometimes travelling to games on Christmas Day.

“It’s a big part of football.

“We’ve got a quality squad but it’s a small one and we’ve struggled a bit with illness too recently but I’m not going to make excuses.

“We’ve set up the reserves playing the same system so the younger players are ready to come in.

“That’s something we’re really working on.”

As for the reverse at Curzon Ashton, Peacock admitted that despite being pleased with his players’ efforts he was frustrated that a penalty decision decided the final outcome.

He said: “With the penalty, a lot of people have said it wasn’t one and the referee even apologised for it, but we’d have taken it if it had been the other way.

“It was a frustrating afternoon but I was pleased with the performance.

“We all know what kind of run Curzon have been on but we were gutted at the final whistle.

“That’s almost pleasing because it shows what we think we can do.”