Peacock: We can put ourselves in a fantastic position

Lancaster City head coach Darren Peacock. Picture: Stefan Willoughby
Lancaster City head coach Darren Peacock. Picture: Stefan Willoughby

Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock believes this could be the week that defines his side’s season.

The Dolly Blues had to come from 2-0 down to pick up a point against fellow promotion hopefuls Farsley at Giant Axe on Saturday in the latest blow their play-off hopes.

But City are still just one place outside the Evo-Stik First Division North top five with both Bamber Bridge and Ramsbottom three points ahead.

With five games to go head coach Peacock knows positive results at Ossett Town on Saturday and New Mills on Monday will put his side in with a great chance of a play-off spot.

He said: “It’s still in our hands in a way.

“Looking at other teams’ fixtures, I know you can’t predict what’s going to happen, but Farsley and Bamber Bridge have got tough games like we do.

“We go to Ossett confident because we’ve won away at some of the top teams like Darlington, Warrington and Bamber Bridge.

“On our day we know we can beat anyone.

“After this weekend, with the games on Saturday and Monday, I think we’ll know where we’re at.

“If we can pick up six points we’ll put ourselves in a fantastic position.”

After a run of six straight victories in February and March City’s season was in danger of grinding to a halt after back-to-back defeats and a poor first half against Farsley that saw them 2-0 down at home on Saturday.

But an improved second-half display saw the Blues grab a 2-2 draw with Peacock hoping his side can carry on the momentum into the trip to Yorkshire this weekend.

He said: “It was three points dropped against Bamber Bridge, I thought we should have got something at Northwich Victoria and then it was another two dropped against Farsley.

“Our very good sequence has been undone over the last seven to 10 days.

“The first half performance on Saturday was nowhere near good enough but we came back strongly in the second half and did well.

“We’re hoping we can carry on where we left off at Ossett Town on Saturday. I think if the game against Farsley had gone on another five minutes we could have nicked another goal.

“We need to at least take that level of performance into the final five games on the season.”

Peacock has injury concerns ahead of the two games however with Glenn Steel set to be missing after bruising ligaments in his leg.

Gavin Clark is a doubt with a shoulder injury and despite his two goals in the comeback against Farsley Tom Kilifin’s knee problem is being monitored.

Peacock said: “Killer took a knock to the knee against Bamber Bridge and missed the Northwich game.

“He was a doubt on Saturday but put a great shift in aside from the two goals.

“The injuries to Steely and Gav couldn’t have come at a worse time really but we’ve got lads who are flexible and can play in several positions and when they’ve come in before they’ve done well.”