Dollies delight Darren

Dolly Blues boss Darren Peacock
Dolly Blues boss Darren Peacock
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Lancaster City have a double-header over the Bank Holiday weekend as they look to keep up their promising start to the season.

The Dolly Blues sit joint top of the fledgling NPL First Division North table after wins over Farsley Celtic (3-0) and Burscough (3-2).

Next for Darren Peacock’s side is tomorrow’s trip to Radcliffe Borough, which is followed by Monday afternoon’s clash with Clitheroe at Giant Axe.

His players produced a fine second-half comeback to win at Burscough in midweek, having trailed 2-0.

It is that kind of mental strength which Peacock is pleased to see.

Peacock said: “The hectic schedule is going to be a test of the squad because we’ve got a fairly small one.

“But hopefully we can show what we’ve shown in the last couple of games.

“I think all the lads have got belief that we can be a good side.

“I noticed a change in 
mind-set towards the end of last season.

“They know they can win games and do it, even when they’re not playing that well.”

Reflecting on their comeback at Burscough on Tuesday night, Peacock said: “Last season I found one of the big things was getting the lads mentally prepared for Tuesday night games away from home.

“I think that was evident in the first half again at Burscough.

“We could have been more than two down, and Trevor Sinclair and I didn’t pull any punches at half-time.

“It was like a different team in the second half and we had made changes but it was mainly down to the players.

“To come from a long way back and seal it with 10 minutes to go was a great feeling.”

The victory over Farsley on the opening day was a much more straightforward affair.

“It was probably the best we’ve played in a long time,” said Peacock.

“In the first half we were under pressure for about 10 or 15 minutes but didn’t panic and kept our composure.

“We tried to get across in pre-season that it’s okay not to have the ball for a while if we keep our shape.

“We also changed thinks around in the last 20 minutes so it was a good squad performance, as was Tuesday.”

Garry Hunter could return in time for the Clitheroe game on Monday.

Elsewhere in First Division North, Burscough will look to bounce back from the Lancaster defeat when they host Darlington tomorrow.

Clitheroe play host to Brighouse Town, before heading to Lancaster on Monday.