Showers give Dolly Blues the edge

Darren Peacock
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Lancaster City’s recent weather woes have given them an edge against tomorrow’s opponents Salford City.

Thanks to the Dolly Blues postponed matches, manager Darren Peacock has been able to see the Ammies in action.

And after scouting the opposition, Peacock is confident his team can get a result when they travel to face the Greater Manchester side.

He said: “I went to watch their match the other week when our game was called off, I took some notes and weighed them up. We are on at decent run and I am very optimistic that we can get a result if we stick to the principles of our game. I am hoping it will be on despite the indifferent weather.”

Lancaster beat Salford 2-1 at Giant Axe back in October but Peacock believes they will pose a different threat.

He said: “When we last played them they were struggling down near the relegation zone. But they have made a few changes since and have worked their way up to ninth in the league.

“They have played five more games than we have and it will be a good battle for us.”

Salford lost 3-1 to league leaders Warrington last Saturday while the Dolly Blues beat Ossett Albion 1-0 at home.

Lancaster are sixth in the NPL First Division North and have won their last three matches.

Peacock said: “I was pleased with the result, we played well against Ossett.

“There were not many chances in the first half but we dominated the second.”

City are just one place outside a play-off spot but Peacock is not getting carried away with their recent good form.

He said: “I don’t think anyone is secure for a play-off place, there are 18 games left and nobody can be certain.

“We are just getting our heads down, concentrating on what we have to do and taking each game as it comes.”

Peacock has the luxury of an almost fully fit squad for tomorrow’s match and the manager faces a nice headache as competition for places hots up.

He said: “Simon Wills is definitely out of tomorrow’s game, but Neil Marshall is working his way back from injury, other than that we are fully fit.

“We had a reserves match last night so a few of the fringe players had a chance to stretch their legs and impress us.”