Caretaker boss to make two signings

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Lancaster City caretaker boss Mick Hoyle hopes to have added a couple of new names to his squad by early next week.

Tuesday’s 4-1 victory over Ashton Athletic in an FA Cup Preliminary replay was the Dolly Blues’ first win of the season but Hoyle still feels his side are lacking in a couple of areas.

Not wanting to divulge the names of any possible new recruits, he said: “We’re currently looking out for a couple of signings towards the end of this week or early next week.

“We’re looking at a goalkeeper and a striker. [City’s current number one goalkeeper] Stefan Holden did well in pre-season but has made a couple of errors.”

Hoyle was pleased to get the first victory of the season but lamented the error that gifted Ashton their goal, the latest in a series of mistakes that have dogged the start of the season, according to the Dolly Blues manager.

He said: “I’m very pleased, the win’s been a long time coming.

“We did well in pre-season but it’s great to get that first proper win under your belts.

“I thought we played very well and in terms of possession and territory and controlled the game but we’ve given away a sloppy goal yet again.

“People are not doing what they should be at certain times in the game and that could have cost us.

“We left Dan Parkinson and Danny Gregson out on Tuesday for that reason because we have to cut these errors out.

“But we were the better team in both games and were convincing winners in the end.

“The substitution made the difference, Tom Kilifin came on and had a magical 25 minutes.”

City’s tough start to the season continues with a visit to one of the promotion favourites Curzon Ashton on Saturday before Trafford visit the Giant Axe on Tuesday having scored 16 goals in their first three games.

Hoyle said: “When we looked at the fixtures when they came out the first six to eight games are as tough as you could get in this league.

“We’ve played Farsley and Skelmersdale who will definitely be in the play-offs, as will Curzon. And Trafford have started like a house on fire.

“It’s very tough but we’ve got to start picking up points to keep away from where we don’t want to be.

“Hopefully the win on Tuesday will give us the confidence to go to Curzon and pick something up.

“We’ve looked solid but given sloppy goals away and if we can keep a clean sheet on Saturday we’ve got a point and if we can turn things round at the other end and stick our chances away, we’ve got three.”

Midfielder Simon Wills should return from a rib injury against Curzon but Joe Bunney is still struggling with a groin injury.