Lancaster City head coach Darren Peacock accepts there is plenty on the line for his team – and tomorrow’s visitors to Giant Axe Bamber Bridge.
The former Newcastle United star prepares his side for the visit of Brig knowing victory will see his men go six points clear of their arch rivals in the race for a play-off place in the NPL First Division North.
Although he stopped short of calling it the biggest match of the season, Peacock knows that if they can complete the double against Brig – they won 1-0 at Irongate earlier this month – it will go a long way to cementing a top-five spot in the division.
“I don’t think it’s the biggest,” Peacock said.
“It’s so, so tight and there are still plenty of ups and downs to come.
“All the top teams have got to play each other so it could get even tighter.
“But there is a lot on the line for both clubs.
“It was a tough game at their place and I’m really looking forward to this one.”
Last weekend, City enjoyed a terrific 4-1 victory at Radcliffe Borough, although violence off the pitch overshadowed the win.
However, Peacock was keen to concentrate on his side’s performance rather than dwell on the trouble on the terraces.
“In the first half we played some really attractive stuff, especially for the first 25 to 30 minutes,” Peacock said.
“We played some one-touch and two-touch stuff, which is what we’ve been working on and some of the strikes were really good finishes – we could have scored even more goals.
“What happened off the field was out of our hands, nothing to do with the players at all.”
Elsewhere in the division, Burscough can do both Lancaster and Brig a favour by beating play-off contenders Ramsbottom United at Victoria Park. Kendal Town host runaway leaders Curzon Ashton at Parkside Road, while Clitheroe are away to Radcliffe Borough.
In the Premier Division, AFC Fylde are still in the hunt for automatic promotion – just three points behind leaders FC United of Manchester.
Tomorrow, they travel to Frickley Athletic hoping to register their fourth straight victory in all competitions.
In the Conference Premier, Southport are without a game tomorrow.