Peacock confident Dolly Blues can win final three games

Lancaster City head coach Darren Peacock during the warm up at New Mills. Picture: Peter Gray
Lancaster City head coach Darren Peacock during the warm up at New Mills. Picture: Peter Gray

Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock is confident his side can finish their season with a flourish and seal a play-off spot.

The Dolly Blues are seventh in the Evo-Stik First Division North with four teams battling for fourth and fifth spots and a tilt at promotion to the Premier Division.

A 2-1 defeat at New Mills on Monday night was a big blow for City but Bamber Bridge’s 4-0 reverse at Northwich Victoria the following day means Peacock’s side are just three points behind fourth in the table Brig with three to play.

With Padiham the visitors to Giant Axe on Saturday ahead of an Easter Monday derby at Kendal Town on Monday the head coach is confident his side can win both games and the final match of the season at home to Curzon Ashton on April 26. Peacock said: “We’ve been on a fantastic run before and we can do it again.

“I’m confident we can win every game between now and the end of the season.

“After the result on Monday it’s not in our hands but with the result for Bamber Bridge last night I think it’s just swung back towards us a bit.

“No-one expected Bamber Bridge to lose 4-0 at Northwich but strange things can happen and we might be relying on other teams but with the fixtures everyone’s got I think it came back to us a little on Tuesday.”

City had kept themselves in the promotion hunt on Saturday with a 3-0 win at Ossett Town but came crashing back down to earth with the defeat in Derbyshire on Monday night.

Peacock said: “Saturday was a good performance on the worst pitch we’ve played on which meant we went into Monday’s game confident.

“But we missed chances and made some defensive mistakes that we’ve got to cut out.

“I was disappointed with the result but the performance was okay.”

The Dolly Blues boss could have defensive problems for the Bank Holiday double with captain Neil Marshall, Glenn Steel and Rob Henry all injury doubts.

Striker Aaron Taylor has also been struggling.

Peacock is however thankful that his side won’t have to do too much travelling with two games in three days for the second week in a row.

He said: “Saturday was a long trip and so was Monday which is difficult after a long day at work.

“It’s not an excuse but it won’t be a problem this weekend because we’re at home and then obviously Kendal’s not too far away.

“We’re hoping that’s going to be an advantage but with a few injury worries it’s all hands to the pump.”