Steel staying at Lancaster

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Darren Peacock has scotched rumours that influential centre-half Glen Steel is to leave Lancaster City.

The defender has missed a few games for the Dolly Blues this season and there were rumours that the former AFC Fylde star had left the club.

However, City boss Peacock dismissed those suggestions and insisted Steel is still very much part of his squad.

“I think the Bamber Bridge game last weekend was the third game Steely has missed due to his work but he’s always come back and done well.

“There have been rumours for a few weeks about him leaving for Bamber Bridge or Kendal.

“I’ve spoken to him and he said he wants to stay and I’ve told him he’s really appreciated at the club.

“He’s an important player for us and as far as I’m concerned the issue is closed. We want him and he wants to stay.”

City handed themselves a huge boost in their quest to secure a play-off spot in the NPL First Division North when they defeated play-off rivals Bamber Bridge 1-0 at Irongate.

An early goal from Jordan Connerton secured the points for City, although they had to withstand some heavy pressure from the home side.

The Dolly Blues now sit in fifth spot – three points ahead of Brig and the same number of points behind fourth-placed Farsley.

Peacock is uncertain of how many points his men will need to garner in the final 10 games of the season to ensure a 
play-off spot.

But he believes if his side continue to perform in the manner they have been doing then a top-five spot looks likely.

“In one way it’s opened up for us but below, it’s got a lot tighter,” he said.

“We’re just looking to get as many points as we can. We can’t look at the 10 games and say we need 20 points or anything like that.

“It’s a cliché but we’ve got to take it as it comes. We’ve won nine of the last 13 so we’re on a decent run and we just need to keep that going.

“We’ve just got to keep believing in each other and what we do, and not get too carried away with the situation.”

Tomorrow, City should expect to register another three points as struggling Wakefield visit Giant Axe.

“Ossett Albion look adrift at the bottom but Wakefield are fighting to make sure there are not in the other relegation position,” said Peacock.

“We’ve got to have the same attitude as we’ve had over the last few weeks.

“All of the games between now and the end of the season are going to be tough.”

Right-back Rob Henry faces a fitness test ahead of the game.