Peacock hopeful Lancaster City will be fighting fit

Simon Wills is an injury doubt for Lancaster City.
Simon Wills is an injury doubt for Lancaster City.

Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock could have a full squad to choose from when Ossett Albion visit Giant Axe on Saturday.

Having players coming back from injury is about the only positive for the Dolly Blues after seeing their last two fixtures, including last weekend’s trip to New Mills, postponed.

The head coach will check on Simon Wills ahead of the game but captain Neil Marshall has been back in full training for a couple of weeks after having surgery to remove cancerous cells from his groin.

Peacock said: “Simon Wills broke down in the reserve game (a 1-0 win over Colne at Giant Axe) last week but Marshy came through that and a game in training on Monday.

“We played over three 20 minute periods with the reserve and first-team players to get the lads back playing and work on a bit of fitness.

“There’s also a reserve game on Friday (at Eccleshill United) if any players need 45 minutes.

“But we’ll assess things in training on Thursday and Simon could be fit so we could end up going into the Ossett game with a full squad.

“That hasn’t happened for a long time so there are positives and negatives to not having played for a couple of weeks.”

Despite trying to look on the bright side, Peacock’s frustration at his side’s lack of competitive action is undeniable.

He said: “It (the match at New Mills) was a bit of a doubt on the Friday so it was no surprise to see the game off.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been in this position before where we’re only going to play two games in a month.

“We were playing two games a week before Christmas so it’s really frustrating.

“We’re desperate to return on Saturday.”

The lack of games means Peacock has had more time on the training field, with the City boss casting his eye over possible new recruits.

In recent weeks, the club have invited down young players who have been told they are surplus to requirements at full-time clubs.

He said: “At this time of year, there’s plenty of younger players being released by the professional clubs.

“I’ve been given a few names and we’ve invited a few down to have a look at them.

“While they might not immediately come into the first team we’re always looking.

“It’s an on-going process.”