Peacock frustrated by Lancaster’s stop-start 2014

Lancaster City head coach Darren Peacock.
Lancaster City head coach Darren Peacock.

Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock admits to being frustrated by his side’s “stop-start” beginning to 2014.

The Dolly Blues have seen a host of games called off with the latest being at Darlington 1883 on Saturday as the whole of the Evo-Stik First Division North was wiped out due to the recent wet weather.

The head coach said: “The game was a big doubt on the Friday so we already had a game arranged against Slyne on the Globe Arena 3G.

“The only real bonus was that every game in the division was called off.

“It’s really frustrating, it’s just stop-start at the moment.

“We can’t get any momentum or rhythm.”

The challenge therefore to Peacock is to keep his players sharp ahead of a possible return to league action at Burscough on Saturday before the rearranged game at Darlington next Wednesday, February 26.

He said: “It was a good workout against Slyne.

“It was just to get the lads playing because that’s what Saturdays are about.

“We didn’t want to lose any fitness and everyone got a run out.

“We then trained on Tuesday and there’s a reserve game at Myerscough College on Thursday so we’re doing everything we can to keep the lads going.”

City have lost their last two that beat the weather and will hope to put that recent record right at Burscough as they look to keep up the pressure on the teams around them in the race for the play-offs.

Peacock said: “I’ve heard their pitch isn’t the best. It’s hit and miss at the moment.

“But if it’s on we’ll go there to win the game. With the position we’re in in the league at the moment every result is vital.

“We’re full of confidence despite the last two games not going so well.

“I have confidence in the players.”

Peacock has no fresh injury worries but it will be his first game without Simon Wills who has taken up a chance to move to Australia.

The head coach said: “He’s got a job offer and an opportunity to play semi-pro at a similar level to us.

“He was really coming into his own before the injury.

“He goes with our best wishes and the door will always be open for him to come back.

“But it gives a chance for someone else to step in.”