Peacock urges players not to get carried away by fine form

Matt Lawlor battles for the ball with Neil Marshall.
Matt Lawlor battles for the ball with Neil Marshall.

Lancaster City head coach Darren Peacock has urged his players not to get too carried away by their fine run of form.

The Dolly Blues have won their last four games to catapult themselves firmly into the Evo-Stik First Division North promotion picture ahead of struggling Wakefield’s visit to Giant Axe on Saturday.

The latest triumph was the impressive 1-0 derby victory at Bamber Bridge on Saturday that leaves City in the final play-off place in fifth, just three points behind Farsley with a game in hand.

Peacock said: “In one way it’s opened up for us but below it’s got a lot tighter.

“We’re just looking to get as many points as we can. We can’t look at the 10 games and say we need 20 points or anything like that.

“It’s a cliché but we’ve got to take it as it comes. We’ve won nine of the last 13 so we’re on a decent run and we just need to keep that going.

“We’ve just got to keep believing in each other and what we do and not get too carried away with the situation.”

The win at Brig saw the Dolly Blues put in another professional display with Jordan Connerton’s early header enough for the three points against their play-off rivals.

Peacock said; “It’s not a gameplan, we’ve just come up against teams like Darlington and Bamber Bridge away from home who are very attack minded.

“So we’ve had to soak up the pressure and hit teams on the break and our defending has been outstanding.

“It’s been a tough couple of weeks and we’ve had some hard fought battles and picked up some well deserved points away from home.

“The lads have worked really, really hard.”

After a tough run of games Peacock believes Wakefield will pose a different challenge, with the Yorkshire side scrapping for survival.

He said: “It’s certainly not going to be any easier.

“Ossett Albion look adrift at the bottom but Wakefield are fighting to make sure there are not in the other relegation position.

“We’ve got to have the same attitude as we’ve had over the last few weeks.

“All of the games between now and the end of the season are going to be tough.”

Rob Henry is set to be assessed ahead of the game after missing out against his former club Bamber Bridge.

Glenn Steel was absent due to work commitments with Peacock moving to clarify rumours the central defender had left the club.

The head coach said: “I think Bamber Bridge was the third game Steely has missed due to his work but he’s always come back and done well.

“There’s been rumours for a few weeks about him leaving for Bamber Bridge or Kendal.

“I’ve spoken to him and he said he wants to stay and I’ve told him he’s really appreciated at the club.

“He’s an important player for us and as far as I’m concerned the issue is closed.

“We want him and he wants to stay.”