City “value for money” according to joint boss

Aaron Taylor celebrates scoring on his full Football League debut in 2008.
Aaron Taylor celebrates scoring on his full Football League debut in 2008.

Lancaster City joint boss Michael Stringfellow praised his thrill-a-minute side after an eventful Christmas and New Year period.

The Dolly Blues’ last three games have seen scores of 3-2, 4-3 and 2-2 resulting in a win, a loss and a draw.

And Stringfellow admitted his side were disappointed they hadn’t had a better return from the games.

“In a way we are disappointed not to win those games but I think the pleasing thing is we are performing well and are great value for money at the moment,” he said.

“We’re playing good football and they’re exciting games even if from a manager’s point of view I’d rather be winning 2-0.

“But over the last four or five games there has been an improvement and against Bamber Bridge and Clitheroe we probably deserved more and have come off really disappointed.

“I think that’s a good sign when you’ve drawn against fourth in the league (Clitheroe) and the second half performance was outstanding, probably our best of the 
season.”

The Dolly Blues may not be short of goals but they are close to a deal for former Morecambe striker Aaron Taylor.

The 22-year-old scored on his full Football League debut for the Shrimps in October 2008 but despite a promising start to his professional career was released in May 2010 after struggling with injury.

He has appeared for Kendal and more recently Bamber Bridge in non-league and is back in the country following a spell in Australia.

“He’s been training with us for two or three weeks but we’re waiting for international clearance,” said Stringfellow.

“He’s been playing in Australia and will add competition for places. He’ll be a great asset once we get him fit.

This Saturday, City travel to Burscough, one place above them in the Evo-Stik First Division North.

Rob Wilson should return to the squad after missing a couple of weeks with an ankle injury and Simon Wills is back from suspension.

Stringfellow said: “We played Burscough not too long ago and at 2-0 up we were massively disappointed not to win and feel we owe them one.

“But the way we’ve been playing we’ve got to concentrate on ourselves and cut out the mistakes that have cost us recently.”

Looking ahead to 2013, the City joint boss said he and Neil Wainwright were just looking for their side to keep on improving.

He said: “We are just looking for improvements.

“You can’t look too far forward and we are improving all the time. We just want to push on and see where that’s going to take us.”