Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock has called for consistency ahead of tomorrow’s clash against Ossett Albion.
The Dolly Blues bombed out of the FA Trophy on Tuesday night as local rivals Bamber Bridge thrashed them 5-1 in a replay at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium.
And Peacock is hoping 11th-placed City can ignite their season and start concentrating on climbing up the NPL First Division North table.
He said: “It’s about the consistency I’ve been banging on about since day one of being here.
“I think we’re in a decent position in the league. We’ve got games in hand and we’ve got to take advantage of that starting with a big game on Saturday.
“We’ve now got a chance to get three points on the board at the start of a run of league games and get Tuesday night out of our system.
“The cup games are nice for clubs at this level but the league is our number one. We’ve never used the cup games as an excuse.”
Peacock served a one match touchline ban against Brig for being sent off in City’s FA Cup clash against King’s Lynn Town. With assistant manager Trevor Sinclair in Dubai reserve team boss Ian Hughes manned the touchline.
To add to City’s plight the players were caught-up in a traffic jam en route to Brig.
And Peacock urged his men to go back-to-basics after an error-filled performance.
He said: “It was difficult for the lads because they only arrived at 7.30pm.
“They were sat on the minibus for two hours but again it was individual errors that cost us.
“It looked at times like the players had never played with each other before. In the second half I thought we did okay but we were 3-0 and 4-0 down.
“We’ve got to play with that kind of freedom when it’s 0-0 rather than when the game is over. More often than not the mistakes we make are being punished. It’s not just defenders. It’s all over the pitch. We’re more potent in front of goal that we were last season but we’ve got to get back to basics defensively.”
Ryan Winder was ill and missed the Brig clash but should return tomorrow.
Rob Henry and Simon Wearing played midweek for the reserves and Ryan Elderton is also set to return.
Elsewhere in the NPL First Division Burscough host Radcliffe Borough and Kendal Twon entertain Salford City whilst Clitheroe are in FA Trophy action against Workington tomorrow.
And Conference North league leaders AFC Fylde are aiming to continue their winning streak at Boston United.