Lancaster City bosses add new defender

Lancaster City managers Neil Wainwright (left) and Michael Stringfellow.
Lancaster City managers Neil Wainwright (left) and Michael Stringfellow.
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Lancaster City have signed Kendal Town defender Rory Winters.

The former Morecambe player, who can operate as a full back or central defender, joins the club after the deal was finalised yesterday, Wednesday.

And he is someone who joint boss Neil Wainwright knows very well having played with Winters at both Kendal and the Shrimps.

“I know Rory from when I played at Morecambe and Kendal,” said Wainwright.

“He’s a centre half of real quality and someone who’s played regularly over the past couple of years in the league above.

“It was a case of putting seven days notice in on him and seeing what happened.

“I think it’s a big coup for us as a management duo.”

Winters isn’t the only new face at Giant Axe this week with former Chester and AFC Fylde goalkeeper Rich Whiteside having joined the club and made his debut between the sticks in the 1-0 defeat at Cammell Laird on Tuesday night.

Wainwright said: “Rich did really well on Tuesday night.

“We just felt Danny McDonald had made a couple of errors and it would be good for him to watch from the side for a bit. It means we’ve got a good battle for the number one jersey. Rich has it for the moment but hopefully Danny will be back to his old self soon and will push him for a place in the team.”

The defeat on Tuesday night meant Wainwright and fellow joint boss Michael Stringfellow have now seen their side go four games without a win having also fallen to a 2-0 loss at league leaders Mossley last Saturday.

But Wainwright believes the results aren’t a fair reflection on his side’s performances.

“Tuesday night was the hardest one to take,” he said.

“I spoke to their assistant manager and manager after the game and they said they didn’t know how they’d won the game and that they didn’t deserve it.

“It was probably as good as we’ve played just without the goals. We created a few chances but didn’t score when we were on top. It was the same on Saturday as well. We matched the side top of the league but gave two goals away.”

After two away games in a week Lancaster City return to home comforts this Saturday with Ramsbottom the visitors to Giant Axe.

City then travel to East Lancashire to face North West Counties side Padiham in the Lancashire Co-Operative Trophy second round next Wednesday, November 7.

Rob Wilson picked up an ankle knock in Saturday’s defeat to Mossley meaning he missed the trip to Merseyside on Tuesday night. He remains a doubt for the game against Ramsbottom.

Dan Parkinson, who has been missing for several weeks with a calf injury, could return for the Lancashire Cup game with City set to field a “mix and match” side according to Wainwright, with several fringe players set to get some game time.