Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock is relishing the challenge of his second full season in charge at Giant Axe.
The Dolly Blues kick off their new Evo-Stik First Division North season at home to Farsley this Saturday, August 16.
And Peacock says he and his squad can’t wait to get going with what on paper looks like a tough campaign in a league that includes the likes of Class of 92-backed Salford City, Darlington 1883 and Scarborough Athletic.
The head coach said: “It’s a long season but we’re really looking forward to getting going.
“Our last session will be on Thursday night and we’re just ready and raring to go.
“Pre-season has been a bit stop start with some of the games and we’ve had four really tough matches but I think we’ve done really well.
“We’ve got the nucleus of last season’s squad with some new faces and we’re trying to build relationships in the squad and blend them together.
“I’m really looking forward to it but it’s going to be a challenge because there’s a lot of sides in the league with big budgets.”
Farsley are likely to be one of the sides in and around the sharp end of the division after finishing one place below City in seventh last season.
Peacock said: “Farsley are going to be strong this season but I’m pleased we’ve got a home game to start with.
“But whether we’re playing a team up near the top or towards the bottom we’ll go into the game with the same attitude and go out to win.”
Player of the year Garry Hunter is unlikely to be ready for the season opener having not trained since limping out of the friendly against Barrow on July 29 with an ankle injury.
The Dolly Blues ended their preseason in style with an impressive 2-1 win over Evo-Stik Premier outfit Workington at Giant Axe on Saturday.
The hosts got off to a flying start when just five minutes in Ryan Winder hit a low shot across ‘keeper Johnny Jamieson into the bottom left corner to open the scoring.
City doubled their lead on the half hour mark. Tom Kilifin, racing through on goal, was brought down by Jamieson to earn the spot kick. The striker elected to take the penalty and sent Jamieson the wrong way to make it 2-0.
The second half brought just the single goal which fell to the away side. Alex Salmon was given space to cut inside from the left flank and fire a hard high shot past Mike Hale to halve the deficit.
City had chances to make the scoreline comfortable, with Sam Bailey hitting the post from the edge of the box and Tom Kilifin having a goal ruled out for offside, as Peacock’s men hung on to claim victory.