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Gavin Clark for Lancaster City
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Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock is battling a mounting injury list ahead of a busy Easter weekend.

The former Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers defender has concerns over a number of players and was only able to name three substitutes, including assistant manager Trevor Sinclair, in the 1-0 defeat at lowly Prescot Cables on Tuesday night.

After three away games, City return to Giant Axe tomorrow to face play-off chasing 
Mossley before a big Easter Monday derby at Kendal 

But they could be without a host of players as Tom Kilifin and Matty Poole battle hamstring problems, Reece Pearce a groin injury and Tom Woods illness.

Peacock said: “I should have a stronger squad than I did on Tuesday night.

“It’s all just part of the game but it’s tough.

“Tom Kilifin, Jacob Davis and Matty Poole all came off against Farsley (a 1-0 win on Saturday).

“Jacob is okay but Matty had to come off again on Tuesday.

“We had a reserve game on the same night.

“For a club of our size it’s difficult to divide players between the first team and the reserve team.

“Trevor came in and did well and the way things are going 
he could be used again tomorrow. We’ll see what the numbers are looking like in training.”

Number one goalkeeper Mike Hale will be available again following a pre-arranged holiday after Mike Donlon impressed on his debut against Prescot.

Aaron Taylor could also feature, with work commitments having limited his appearances in the latter part of the season.

Peacock said: “We’ve got some big games coming up.

“Mossley are doing really well and are top of the form table and then, obviously, Monday’s game against Kendal is massive for everyone.”

Lancaster are 12th in the NPL First Division North table and the City boss will be looking for his side to bounce back after a disappointing display in defeat at Prescot, came on the back of a fine win at Farsley.

Peacock said: “Tuesday was a bit of a shock to be honest.

“Conditions were really difficult like they were at Farsley but normally we cope with them.

“We didn’t stick to our game plan though which was the most disappointing thing for me and Trevor.

“We went direct far too quickly and didn’t stick to our passing game.

“We did create chances and defended well.

“But it was disappointing not to score against a team that has conceded a lot this season.

“Against Farsley, we were disciplined and controlled the game but we only showed flashes of that at Prescot.”

Meanwhile, Southport are hoping to make it four wins in a row when they travel to Altrincham today.

The Sandgrounders were unbeaten in March and have given themselves a safety cushion from the drop zone.

Port have climbed to 18th in the Conference table and are now nine points off a relegation place.

Paul Carden’s men have pulled away from trouble after bagging back-to-back victories over Aldershot, Dartford and Torquay and the Sandgrounders are hoping to build on their six-match unbeaten run later today.

l In the NPL First Division North, 13th-placed Clitheroe are without a game tomorrow but host Padiham on Easter Monday. The Blues ended a five match losing streak by beating Ossett Town 3-2 last weekend and are hoping to build on that victory.

Kendal Town – who are 15th in the league – travel to 17th-placed Brighouse Town tomorrow before their Easter Monday derby home clash against local rivals Lancaster City.

And in-form Burscough travel to face Harrogate Railway Athletic tomorrow.

Burscough are hoping to make it three wins on the trot after beating Droylsden 3-2 and New Mills 4-1.

Like Kendal, the Linnets also have a local clash on Easter Monday.

Burscough host promotion-chasing Bamber Bridge.