Lancaster City look to continue good run

Lancaster City are hoping to extend James Short's loan from Morecambe.

Lancaster City are hoping to extend James Short's loan from Morecambe.

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Lancaster City joint boss Neil Wainwright believes his side have been unlucky not to get maximum points in their recent good run as they look to keep it going against Warrington on Saturday.

The Dolly Blues have picked up 10 points from their last 15 but the former Morecambe winger believes City could have won all five games as they continue to be prolific in attack.

He said: “It’s 10 points from 15 but performance wise with a little bit of luck we could have had 15.

“The defeat at Bamber Bridge on Boxing Day was hard to take as a few defensive errors cost us and I don’t know how we drew with Clitheroe.

“But 10 points out of 15 isn’t a bad return.”

And Wainwright has appealed to the people of Lancaster to come and watch his in-form side, who were 4-1 victors at Burscough on Saturday.

He said: “It was excellent on Saturday.

“We made a point of trying to tighten things up at the back, especially from set pieces, and it worked.

“Going forward we are playing so well it’s great to watch. I want to say to people who haven’t come to watch to come down because we are banging the goals in at the moment.”

Warrington are the visitors to Giant Axe on Saturday, managed by Shaun Reid, brother of former Everton and England midfielder Peter, with Wainwright knowing his side will have a tough task on their hands against a side one place above them in 10th in the Evo-Stik First Division North.

He said: “We’re taking each game as it comes as the saying goes and we know we’ve got a good chance of beating every team we come up against.

“We beat them earlier in the season but we know they’re a good side as there was a 20 minute spell where we didn’t get a kick.

“It’s a tough game but the way we’re playing at the moment we go in to it full of confidence.”

The Dolly Blues expect to have former Morecambe striker Aaron Taylor in the squad after FA clearance came through for him to join the club, having last played in 
Australia.

James Short played the last game of his loan spell from the Shrimps at Burscough but Wainwright and fellow joint boss Michael Stringfellow are in discussions with Morecambe boss Jim Bentley about extending the deal.

Wainwright said: “I think everything is sorted with Aaron.

“We know what we’re getting, he’s a goalscorer, it’ll just be a case of when we get to see it. His season finished a bit ago so he’s doing some work on his fitness with (fitness coach) Derek Bull.

“James has technically played his last game but we’re speaking to Jim.

“We’d like to keep him because he’s done well and we don’t really want to change things.”

Rob Wilson is still struggling with an ankle problem and Billy McKenna will also miss Saturday’s game after tearing an abdominal muscle.