Darren shows respect

MIdweek scorer Matty Poole (Photo: Tony North)

MIdweek scorer Matty Poole (Photo: Tony North)

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Lancaster City will not be taking Padiham lightly in the FA Cup on Saturday, according to boss Darren Peacock.

The Dolly Blues have a good record against the East Lancashire side, who were relegated from the NPL First Division North last season and will go into the game as big favourites.

Peacock headed to The Arbories on Wednesday, for Padiham’s North West Counties Premier Division derby with Colne, keen to learn as much as he could before City’s trip there in the first qualifying round.

The former Newcastle, Blackburn and QPR defender wants his side to carry on from where they left off in the 1-1 draw at Warrington on Tuesday night, with Matty Poole’s late strike handing them a hard-earned point.

Peacock said: “We were in high spirits after the game on Tuesday. We want to take that into Saturday for what is a big game for us and Padiham.

“We’ll head their full of confidence but with plenty of respect for them.

“We have a good record against them but they’ll be dangerous. They’ll be wanting to come straight back up and have a good run in this competition.”

The Warrington game was the Blues’ second 1-1 draw of the week with Saturday’s stalemate with Droylsden in stark contrast as Peacock’s men failed to turn a man advantage into three points.

He said: “I thought we let ourselves down on Saturday in the second half.

“It was one of those days where you didn’t want the first half to end.

“It was a Jekyll and Hyde performance really. I don’t think they improved particularly – we just took our foot off the gas.

“But then Tuesday night was great. Their goal was a defensive lapse again. I don’t think we’ve conceded a goal where we thought, ‘That’s fantastic’ and couldn’t have done anything about it. They’ve been mistakes.

“I was really pleased with the second half, though, and how patient we were on the ball against a strong, physical side.”

Mike Hale returned in goal at Warrington on Tuesday night after missing the start of the season with a shoulder injury.

Joe Whittington is a doubt for the trip to Padiham after picking up a knock against Droylsden, while Reece Pearce could also miss out with a hamstring problem.

Elliot Allen-Facey is available for selection after receiving international clearance but the wait goes on for Antonio LaFuente and Hannu Tam to get the green light to feature.