A big week ahead for Dolly Blues

Darren Peacock
Darren Peacock
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Lancaster City will be hoping to continue their rich vein of form tomorrow when they tackle Brighouse Town at Giant Axe for a NPL First Division North fixture.

Barring Tuesday night’s heavy 7-2 loss to Clitheroe – where Dolly Blues boss Darren Peacock fielded a virtual reserve side for the Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy tie at Shawbridge – City are beginning to find their best form.

They are unbeaten in three league games and also progressed through to the third qualifying round of the FA Cup after a terrific 1-0 win over NPL Premier Division side FC United on Saturday.

Their reward for beating Karl Marginson’s men is a long trip to Norfolk-based outfit King’s Lynn Town in the next round a week on Saturday. Peacock was thrilled with the performance in the cup tie.

“It was a test physically and mentally,” he said.

“But coming up against teams like that from a higher division, sometimes we’re going to have that.

“The lads came out with credit and I’m really pleased for them.”

City currently lie in 10th spot in the table, while tomorrow’s opponents Brighouse are four places further back.

However, the table is slightly misleading as Peacock’s men are only ahead due to having a superior goal difference.

After the match tomorrow, City then prepare for a huge derby match at Bamber Bridge on Tuesday.

“I think the next two games are really important. Tomorrow at home we need to get a result first and foremost and that will take us into a big game at Bamber Bridge,” Peacock said.

Elsewhere, Burscough host Mossley, Clitheroe travel to Droylsden and Kendal Town visit Ossett Town.

In the Conference Premier, Southport are at home to Woking.