Lancaster City boss hoping for more FA Cup success in the North East

Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock hands out instructions on Saturday. Picture: Tony North
Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock hands out instructions on Saturday. Picture: Tony North

Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock is targeting more FA Cup success in the North East.

The Dolly Blues, who enter this year’s competition at Northern League side Marske United on Saturday, beat sides from the area on the way to last year’s third qualifying round before a controversial 3-2 defeat at King’s Lynn Town.

The world’s oldest cup competition offers a great financial reward, even for sides competing in this weekend’s preliminary round.

Peacock said: “It’s a fair old trek for us again.

“It’s always something you look forward to though.

“These games are massive financially for clubs at our level.

“We’ve done a bit of homework on them and hopefully we can take some of the North East experience from last year and replicate it.”

The Dolly Blues head into the game having seen their unbeaten start to the new season end with a 4-2 defeat at Clitheroe on Tuesday night.

Having beaten Witton Albion 3-2 on Saturday Peacock’s side are also yet to keep a clean sheet this season, something which was a big part of their play in the previous campaign.

He said: “We conceded in the first five minutes or so of each half which was a bit like parts of our play last season.

“We did really well to get back into it but then defensive errors have cost us again.

“It’s disappointing that we haven’t kept a clean sheet this season. 
“It was the main reason we did so well after Christmas.”

Peacock has been boosted this week by sealing the signatures of both Morecambe legend Danny Carlton and former New Mills full back Shaquille Antoine-Clarke.

Carlton, who has recovered from a hamstring injury picked up in the final friendly against Workington, played the final 20 minutes against Clitheroe after putting pen to paper on Tuesday while Antoine-Clarke has impressed in both games over the past few days.

Peacock: “He’s (Antoine-Clarke) training at Macclesfield.

“There’s been interest from a few clubs and we’ve given him a chance.

“From the end of pre-season to now we’ve had quite a few new faces which is what we wanted all along.

“We’ve got a bit of competition for places which we’ve been missing last season and the season before.

“The lads are doing well and overall I’m pretty pleased with how things are going.”

After the FA Cup trip City are set to host bottom side Prescot Cables at Giant Axe on bank holiday Monday.

Billy Akrigg, Ben Hudson and Mike Hale will all be assessed ahead of the weekend while Hannu Tam, Elliot Allen-Facey and Antonio LaFuente are still waiting for international clearance.

Should City beat Markse United on Saturday they will travel to Silsden or Padiham in the first qualifying round on Saturday, September 12.