Peacock urges fans to be cautious amid excellent pre-season form

Darren Peacock, Lancaster City head coach.
Darren Peacock, Lancaster City head coach.
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Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock has urged fans not to get carried away by his side’s excellent run of pre-season results.

The head coach has overseen five wins and two draws in the build-up to the new season with a 3-0 triumph over Northern League outfit Penrith on Saturday the latest strong showing.

City complete their pre-season campaign with a game against a Blackburn Rovers XI at Giant Axe on Friday night ahead of the new season kicking off against Cammell Laird on August 17.

Peacock said: “It’s nice that we’ve got this run going and expectations are high but we’ve still got to be realistic.

“Pre-season is hard to gauge so you’ve got to take it with a pinch of salt.

“It’s about fitness and I’m really pleased with the lads and the work they’ve put in.

“We’re at the stage where we’re just sorting through the squad. We’ve made a few additions and we’re just trying to gel them all together.”

The final pre-season test comes against one of Peacock’s former clubs and he is expecting the strongest test yet for his developing side.

He said: “I don’t know whether it’s just going to be young lads or whether there will be some older players too.

“It’s be a test whoever it is because they’re full-time and will be really fit having training once or twice a day.

“They’re another step up from what we’ve faced so far in pre-season and everybody’s looking forward to it.

“Hopefully that will be reflected in the attendance.”

City have added a further three new players in the last week to all but complete their squad ahead of the new season.

Right back Rob Henry and striker Dave Swarbrick have completed returns to the club with central defender Glenn Steel arriving from AFC Fylde.

Henry is back at Giant Axe after a season at Bamber Bridge having impressed in recent pre-season outings.

Swarbrick finished the season with the Dolly Blues but has spent the majority of pre-season with Barrow, even playing against City in the recent friendly between the two sides.

Experienced stopper Steel has also had spells with Bamber Bridge and Kendal Town.

Director of football Mick Hoyle said: “That gives us our squad of 20 which will be the group that hopefully starts the season.

“Tom Kilifin’s got a bit of an injury he needs to get checked out as it might be a hernia.

“But we feel we’ve got a very good group that can hopefully push on.”