Lancaster City boss targets new recruits as FA Cup test looms

Hannu Tam. Picture: Tommy McMillan
Hannu Tam. Picture: Tommy McMillan
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Darren Peacock admits he needs more options as he works to bolster his battling Lancaster City squad.

A 3-0 defeat to Spennymoor on Tuesday night means the Dolly Blues have now gone five Evo-Stik First Division North games without a win ahead of their FA Cup second qualifying round tie at Droylsden on Saturday.

The City boss said: “We need to look at other options.

“Even it’s just to push the lads we’ve got. We’re definitely looking.

“It’s very early in the season but it’s good to freshen things up. Needs must some times.

“The schedule is really demanding and challenging.

“They are young lads and we’ve got quite a few players who have come in from levels below and it’s a slog for them.”

Peacock will hope to have one fresh face available for the trip to The Butchers Arms on Saturday with the club confident Hannu Tam will be cleared to play.

Having impressed in pre-season the young striker has been waiting on international clearance having played in Malaysia, Canada and Thailand in recent years.

The prize ahead of the trip to Droylsden, second bottom of the Evo-Stik First Division North, on Saturday is clear with the winners picking up £4,500 and moving within two games of the first round proper.

Peacock said: “It’s a big game for clubs, I’m really looking forward to it.

“At the end of the game it’s a big pot for a club like ours to play for.

“Not only financially but also in terms of the prestige of getting to the next round.”

The former Queens Park Rangers and Newcastle defender will be looking for his side to put in a more complete performance with second half woes costing them against Spennymoor on Tuesday night, something that has become a theme in recent weeks.

Peacock said: “I thought we did well in the first half, we stuck to the gameplan and had a few chances.

“When we get the upper hand in games we don’t take advantage though.

“In the second half Spennymoor didn’t do anything different but we started sloppily again.

“We paid the price against one of the favourites in this league.

“We held our own for 45 minutes but we can’t seem to put a 90-minute stint in.

“We talk until we’re blue in the face but when it comes to it we’re some times making wrong decisions and it costs us.

“Last season we had a fantastic defensive record from Christmas on and we need to get back to that.”

Spanish forward Antonio LaFuente has now got the necessary international clearance but shift work at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary where he works as a nurse has limited his availability.

There are spaces available on a club coach to Droylsden that leaves Giant Axe at 11.45am. Call 01524 382238 to book a seat.

The Blues are due to host Farsley Celtic at Giant Axe on Tuesday, September 29, but the match will be replaced by any Droylsden replay should the sides draw on Saturday.