Dolly Blues open promotion door

Lee Dodgson
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Lancaster City have opened the door slightly in the race to secure a play-off place in the NPL First Division North.

The Dolly Blues upset the odds on Wednesday night thanks to a terrific 2-0 victory at fourth-placed Darlington 1883.

The three points propelled City to sixth in the table – level on points with near neighbours Bamber Bridge, who occupy the final play-off spot.

It had appeared that Darlington and the three other teams ahead of them – Curzon Ashton, Warrington Town and Farsley – were slowly but surely forging ahead of the rest of the field.

However, City’s victory over the Quakers – which followed a 1-0 win at Burscough on Saturday – means they now trail them by four points – albeit having played a game more.

Although, Peacock concedes that the title maybe just out of reach, he believes his team are capable of finishing as high as second.

He told the Evening Post: “Personally, I think from second to fifth, we are fighting for one of those places.

“If you think we’ve still got to play Bamber Bridge twice, we’ve got to play Farsley and we’ve also got Curzon Ashton to play on the last game of the season.

“So it’s all to play for. Everybody in this league is capable of putting a good run together.

“We are capable of beating anybody on our day, we just need to do it on a consistent basis.

“It’s going be tight. It’s going to be exciting. I think it will go right down to the wire, although I hope it doesn’t from my point of view.”

Peacock had nothing but praise for his men on Wednesday night.

They had to deal with a long journey to the north east as well as tricky playing conditions.

“Darlington have been on a great run away from home. I think they have had nine consecutive away wins.

“They are probably better away than they are at home but we had to go up there – it’s a two-hour journey.

“The lads are semi-pro so they had to work all day – some of them, because of their work commitments, couldn’t join us on the team coach.

“They had drive up by themselves and it meant we got to the ground quite late.

“The pitch was quite soft down the middle but the lads were tremendous.

“I would say it was our best performance of the season.”

Peacock has moved quickly this week to bolster his squad after losing two members of his squad.

Striker Mark Jackson has joined Premier Division promotion contenders Skelmersdale United, while midfield terrier Simon Wills has moved to Australia.

Former City forward Lee Dodgson has rejoined the club, while former Accrington Stanley goalkeeper Michael Doolan will give regular No.1 Mike Hale some competition between the sticks.

Tomorrow, City welcome Mossley to Giant Axe hoping to exact revenge for two defeats suffered at the hands of the Blues earlier in the season.

However, the men from Seel Park have not been happy travellers this season and have one of the worst away records in the division.

“We lost to them twice in a week earlier in the season in the league and in the FA Trophy,” Peacock said.

“The last two games have been really big wins for us, especially coming away from home. But we need to get back to ground level and start from scratch again when we play Mossley.”