A clean sheet’s a bonus for Darren

Dolly Blues boss Darren Peacock

Dolly Blues boss Darren Peacock

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Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock is hoping his side can build on their FA Cup success in another tough week.

The Dolly Blues needed two games to overcome Northern League side Marske United in the preliminary round, winning Tuesday’s replay at Giant Axe 1-0.

They now have another demanding few days ahead as they return to NPL First Division North action with a trip to Droylsden tomorrow, quickly followed by a game at Warrington Town on Tuesday night.

Peacock said: “I’m pleased with how things are going.

“It was good to get our first clean sheet of the season on Tuesday and we head to Droylsden in a positive mood.

“We’re getting back towards a full squad too, which is a boost because we’ve been struggling.”

Droylsden are one of the more unpredictable sides in the division, having conceded 13 goals in their four league games so far, picking up four points along the way.

Peacock said: “Droylsden haven’t had the start they had last season but they are still dangerous.

“They concede a lot of goals though, which is something we’ve got to concentrate on.”

The former Newcastle and QPR defender will take his side to Greater Manchester on the back of two encouraging performances against Markse.

He said: “We went up there on Saturday in really difficult circumstances.

“We had quite a few injuries and players unavailable, it was a long trip and when we got there the pitch played like the Coronation Street cobbles.

“They were very good from set-pieces but we did really well and their goal was a bit of a lucky one.

“On Tuesday we played some really good football and it should have been three, four or five from our point of view.”

The victory sets up a trip to NWC Premier Division side Padiham in the FA Cup first qualifying round on September 12.

Matty Poole is a doubt for the weekend with a knee injury, while Billy Akrigg will definitely miss out with a knee problem of his own.

Danny Carlton and Jacob Gregory were unavailable for the trip to Marske on Saturday but returned to the squad for the replay.

Keeper Mike Hale also took his place on the bench on Tuesday night and was set to train for the first time last night, having missed the first part of the season with a shoulder problem.

Elliot Allen-Facey has been granted international clearance and is now eligible to play but the wait goes on for conformation of Hannu Tam and Antonio LaFuente’s availability.