City bosses in bid for third new face

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Lancaster City look set to continue strengthening their squad after fielding two new faces in Tuesday night’s draw with Radcliffe Borough.

Darren Green made his debut and Andrew Naylor returned to the club as City were held 2-2 by the Greater Manchester outfit at Giant Axe.

And Dolly Blues joint boss Michael Stringfellow revealed the club had put in seven days notice of an approach in on a player who would be a “big coup” for the club.

“We’ve got seven days on a player at the moment and hope to be able to speak to him sometime next week,” he said.

“We’re close to getting a complete squad and I think we’re still gelling. We’ll get better and better the more we play together.

“If we get this player it will be a big coup for us. He’s played at a higher level and I think he understands what we can offer.”

Stringfellow and joint boss Neil Wainwright were impressed with the two strikers on debut, with Green particularly catching the eye.

“Darren did particularly well in the first half,” he said.

“He linked up well with everyone and I think he showed he’s going to be a good signing. And he will only get better the more he plays.

“He can play in midfield as well which he showed last night when we had to move things round after the sending off.

“His performance was a definite high from the game.

“Andy Naylor just gives something different. We haven’t got a big striker so it’s a different option.

“Like Darren he can play in midfield as well so it makes the squad stronger as a whole.”

Despite the positives there was a sense of what might have been, as City, hampered by a Neil Marshall red card, let a good start to the game slip and had to rely on a Dave Swarbrick goal with pretty much the last kick of the game to snatch a point.

Stringfellow said: “At half-time I think we would have been disappointed with a draw but in the end I was really happy with the character we showed to get a point.

“In the first half we played particularly well and maybe should have gone in ahead.

“Obviously it all changes when you get a man sent off. We had to reshuffle but I was happy with the way we kept our shape and were pushing to nick it later in the game.”

This Saturday City face a tough test when they visit league leaders Mossley but Stringfellow believes his side are more than capable of getting a result.

He said: “To be honest I think we can go there and pick up a good result. We have played well away from home and I think with our two fast wingers we are almost better set up to play on the counter attack away from home.”