Peacock: Plenty of twists and turns to come

Billy Akrigg battles for possession against Radcliffe. Picture: Peter Gray
Billy Akrigg battles for possession against Radcliffe. Picture: Peter Gray

Lancaster City head coach Darren Peacock believes there are plenty of twists and turns to come in the race for promotion.

The Dolly Blues’ 4-1 triumph at Radcliffe Borough was their sixth in a row and has lifted them up to fourth in the Evo-Stik First Division North within reach of Darlington 1883 and Warrington Town above them.

Lancashire rivals Bamber Bridge are the visitors to Giant Axe on Saturday sitting just three points below City in seventh.

But Peacock stopped short of calling it his side’s biggest game of the season however.

He said: “I don’t think it’s the biggest.

“It’s so, so tight and there’s still plenty of ups and downs to come. All the top teams have got to play each other so it could get even tighter.

“But there’s a lot on the line for both clubs.

“It was a tough game at their place and I’m really looking forward to this one.”

As impressive as his side’s form has been the head coach hopes this is simply the start of things for the Dolly Blues as months of work appears to be coming together at just the right time.

He said: “We’ve been saying for a while now that we need to put a run together and hopefully this is just part of it.

“It’s all about keeping the confidence going.

“I think we can progress all the time and this run isn’t down to luck.

“It’s all about what the players have done.”

Their latest feat was the dominant victory at Radcliffe a game that was sadly marred by violence on the terraces in the final moments of the game.

Peacock however insisted it shouldn’t take away from a match that saw his side play some of their best football of the season.

He said: “In the first half we played some really attractive stuff, especially for the first 25 to 30 minutes.

“We played some one and two touch stuff which is what we’ve been working on and some of the strikes were really good finishes. And we could have scored even more goals.

“What happened off the field was out of our hands nothing to do with the players at all.”

Following the victory in Greater Manchester City were due to travel to New Mills on Monday night, only for the game to be called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

It has been rearranged for April 14.

Peacock said: “I think New Mills have Saturday then Monday games until the end of the season.

“I’m hoping come April 14 the top six might have loosened up a bit and who knows New Mills might be in even more trouble.”

The head coach hopes to have a full strength squad available for the visit of Bamber Bridge.