Dolly Blues in bid for striker

Darren Green in action for Bamber Bridge
Darren Green in action for Bamber Bridge

Lancaster City are bidding to add a new forward to their squad.

The Dolly Blues have put in a seven day notice with Bamber Bridge that they intend to approach Darren Green who can act as a striker or central midfielder.

Caretaker manager Mick Hoyle is hopeful of completing a deal for the former Stockport County, Barrow and Kendal Town man who impressed in City’s 4-2 win over Brig last Tuesday night, September 18.

He said: “He impressed last week when he played against us and would give some competition to the other lads up front.

“He’s very strong and mobile and can play up top or in central midfield.

“Quite a few players have left over the last few weeks so there are spots up for grabs.

“We’re optimistic he’ll join us. Under the seven day rule we’ll be able to speak to him early next week.”

City also hope to have some movement in relation to the vacant manager’s position in the coming days with the deadline for applications fast approaching.

“We’ve had applications in and there are currently a number we are looking at,” said Hoyle.

“When the deadline has passed we’ll pinpoint the best ones and hopefully interview next week.”

The Dolly Blues made it two home wins out of two on Saturday with a convincing 4-1 victory over struggling Garforth Town at Giant Axe.

Hoyle is hoping his side can carry on the form into this Saturday’s home league game against Salford who were 4-0 winners on their last visit in the FA Cup on September 8.

“We controlled the game against Garforth apart from the first two minutes,” said Hoyle.

“We created more chances and the game opened up for us after the sending off in the second half.

“Hopefully we can carry on the form from the two home wins into the game against Salford on Saturday, we’ll be full of confidence.

“It was a very disappointing performance last time we played them. I’m not making excuses but it was at a time of some turmoil for the club and that is behind us now.”

Rob Wilson will be suspended for the game after his red card against Wakefield.

Right back Dan Parkinson will be out for around a month after going off with a calf injury against Garforth.

Ryan Elderton also had to be taken off in the game but his foot is only badly bruised, not broken as first feared, and Hoyle hopes he will be available on Saturday.

The caretaker boss hopes to see a bigger crowd at Giant Axe on Saturday after seeing crowds decrease in recent weeks in the wake of the sacking of former boss Tony Hesketh.

“I’ve been disappointed with the crowds,” he said.

“I can understand the Bamber Bridge crowd (on September 18) because Real Madrid against Man City was on the TV but it was still only 170ish against Garforth which means 30 or 40 are still staying away.

“If they are true Lancaster City fans they will get behind the club and not just one person.”