Peacock: We should relish big games like Darlington

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

Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock is hoping his side thrive in the big-game atmosphere when they travel to Darlington 1883 on Saturday.

The fourth in the table Quakers have regularly attracted four-figure crowds to Heritage Park and are expected to do the same this weekend with a coach load of Dolly Blues fans making the trip to the North East for the clash between the Evo-Stik First Division North play-off hopefuls.

The head coach said: “For a lot of the lads it will be the biggest crowd they’ve ever played in front of.

“It could be around 1,500 and some players thrive in that and some go into their shell.

“It’s a great chance for us to shine.

“I’ve been saying for months now that these are the games we want to be playing in whether it’s in front of big or small crowds.

“The pressure of being up there is what we want. We don’t want to be in midtable or below.

“It’s exciting to have that little bit of pressure.”

The Dolly Blues go into the game having lost for the second consecutive game, 3-1 at home to fellow play-off hopefuls Ramsbottom United, on Saturday.

Peacock however insists there are positives from the game despite his side slipping to seventh in the table as Ramsbottom moved up to fifth.

He said: “I thought it was good chance for us to hit back after the Salford defeat and I felt we deserved something.

“We hit the crossbar and had a couple off the line.

“I thought we did alright but when you look back during the week the result doesn’t reflect that, especially with the third goal coming in the last five minutes.

“But there were some good points to come out of the game and I was quite pleased with the performance.

“We’re still in there and we’ve got a chance to put it right on Saturday. It’s not all doom and gloom.”

Simon Wills is expected to back in contention for the Darlington game after missing a few weeks of action.

However with storms forecast across the country over the next few days, Peacock admits the game is far from certain to go ahead.

He said: “We’ve got plans in place for if the game is called off.

“We have a game lined up for the lads because it’s no good finding out there is something wrong and then trying to ring round on Saturday morning.

“A lot of teams are in this position though - it’s been a strange start to the year.”