Darren on Trophy trail

Darren Peacock
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Lancaster City hit the FA Trophy trail tomorrow as they look to put last week’s defeats to Kings Lynn and Spennymoor behind them.

Darren Peacock’s men host Bamber Bridge at Giant Axe in the preliminary round of the tournament.

It will be a test of character for the Dolly Blues, having lost 3-2 at Kings Lynn in the FA Cup last Saturday and then 4-1 at home to Spennymoor in league action on Tuesday.

Peacock admitted had it not been for his goalkeeper Mike Hale, Spennymoor might even have doubled their tally.

The City boss said: “The result in midweek was a bit of a hangover from what happened to us at Kings Lynn.

“We went down to 10 men after 20 minutes and put in so much effort to chase the game.

“So it was always going to be difficult on Tuesday night against Spennymoor and it proved to be that way.

“I thought we did all right in the first half. We gave as good as we got and created some quite good chances – we hit the post at 0-0.

“But then Spennymoor scored in the 37th minute from our mistake and in the second half they taught us a football lesson.

“We played them last season and I thought they were a good footballing side then.

“In the second half, Spennymoor played how I want us to play.

“We are sometimes looking for players to show something a little bit different, not play off the cuff as such, just with a bit of freedom.

“That is what Spennymoor did and they taught us a lesson in the second half.

“If it wasn’t for our keeper it could been eight.

“What we will aim to do this weekend is dust ourselves down and go again.

“At this level, the games come thick and fast and there is always another opportunity around the corner.

“We’ve got Bamber Bridge next, who we played in the league at their place less than a fortnight ago.

“That ended 3-3 and as the scoreline suggests was an open game…too open for my liking.

“Bamber Bridge had a draw at Harrogate Railway in midweek so they will come with some confidence.”

Peacock is slowly seeing his squad build back towards full strength after having to contend with a number of injuries this season.

He said: “The squad is looking quite decent at the moment, it is probably the strongest I have had to choose from recently.

“Rob Henry played 65 minutes on Tuesday night and Simon Wearing got game time after being ill.

“Lee Dodgson will hopefully be available for this one, he’s been out for a while, so we are getting back to strength.”