Lancaster City boss Peacock: We can make Giant Axe a fortress

Darren Peacock and Trevor Sinclair look on at Padiham. Picture: Donna Clifford.

Darren Peacock and Trevor Sinclair look on at Padiham. Picture: Donna Clifford.

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Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock wants his side to make their Giant Axe home a fortress this season.

After progressing in the FA Cup at Padiham last time out The Dolly Blues return to Evo-Stik First Division North action with home games against Glossop North End, on Saturday, and Spennymoor Town, on Tuesday night.

City haven’t played on home soil since the start of the month with Peacock keen for his side to build some momentum at the Axe.

He said: “The games are coming thick and fast and it seems like absolutely ages since we’ve been at home.

“These two games are big ones for all involved and really important because we want to get a good record going at home.”

Peacock’s side go into the game having professionally dispatched of Padiham in the FA Cup first qualifying round on Saturday, Joe Whittington and Ryan Winder’s goals handing the Dolly Blues at 2-0 win.

The former Newcastle, Blackburn and Queens Park Rangers defender said: “There was a bit of attention on a possible upset.

“They are doing well in their league and are dangerous.

“We changed things around a bit and gave some lads some minutes and I thought we dealt with things well and took our chances.

“I was pleased to see us get a clean sheet too because I think it’s the basis for everything.”

In Monday’s draw City were then handed a trip to Droylsden in the second qualifying round on September 26.

It’s their 10th straight away tie in the FA Cup but Peacock is pleased with the draw, his side having done more than enough to win at The Butchers Arms earlier this month with the game ultimately finishing 1-1.

Peacock: “As long as I’ve been here we haven’t had a home draw.

“We brought Curzon back here one year but it is long overdue.

“I still think it’s a good draw for us though.

“We did well there in the first half a couple of weeks ago before fading.

“It’s a chance for us to put that right because we should have won the game.

“I’m really optimistic and positive about the draw, it’s a chance to progress.”

Peacock has a largely fit squad to choose from ahead of the Glossop game but has seen number two goalkeeper Mike Donlon move onto Padiham.

The City boss recommended the stopper to the North West Counties Premier Division side with the reliable number two keeping a clean sheet at Maine Road on Monday night, just two days after being on the bench against The Storks in the FA Cup.

Peacock said: “Mike has been really respectful and never complained.

“When Mike Hale returned from injury he came to me and said he wanted to play first-team football.

“I recommended him to Padiham after Saturday and we’ve parted on good terms.

“He’ll even still train with us so still wants to be part of the fold.”