LANCASTER City boss Darren Peacock wants his side to finish the season unbeaten as they bid to secure a top-10 spot.
The Dolly Blues are 12th in the NPL First Division North ahead of Droylsden’s visit to Giant Axe on Saturday.
The former Newcastle and Blackburn defender believes his side can finish as high as eighth, having enjoyed a fine run since Christmas after a disappointing first half of the season.
Peacock said: “We can go the rest of the season unbeaten.
“We seem to have been in 12th for a long, long time now.
“Eighth would be fantastic but it might be a little bit out of our reach.
“We’ve got some interesting games coming up though.
“We can have a big say in what happens in the promotion race.”
A win over Droylsden would draw City level with the side who currently occupy 10th spot.
The Blues also have a game in hand, meaning the Greater Manchester side are one Peacock wants to overhaul.
City will also be out to even the score, having lost 2-0 in the reverse fixture in November, a game Peacock feels his side should have taken something from. He said: “Droylsden score a lot of goals but they also concede a lot too.
“They started strongly but have dipped recently.
“Despite the result I think we should have beaten them at their place earlier in the season.
“It’s a game we’re really looking forward to.”
City go into Saturday on the back of picking up four points out of six over the Easter weekend, with a fine 4-1 win over Mossley coming before a goalless draw in the derby at Kendal Town on Monday.
Peacock said: “Going into it, we would have been happy with four points.
“But after Monday’s game we were disappointed we didn’t have all six.
“A clean sheet is a positive but we controlled the game for long periods and couldn’t find a goal.
“Saturday was really pleasing though.
“It was probably our best first-half performance of the season and it came against the league’s form team.”
Elsewhere in the NPL First Division, Clitheroe visit leaders Salford.
And Burscough go to Ossett Town.
Kendal Town are on the road too, travelling to the Peak District to take on New Mills.