City youngsters set to get chance

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Lancaster City’s youngsters will get the chance to prove if they have got what it takes in the final weeks of the season.

Players from the club’s under 18 side are set to feature in the Dolly Blues’ run in with caretaker boss Mick Hoyle challenging them to prove they are good enough. James Fielding, Sam Kelly and Kane Harding were on the bench against Wakefield with Luke Bradley, who made his debut earlier in the season, also set to return to the fold.

Director of football Hoyle said: “The under 18s will get their chance because we want to see if they can step up to the mark.

“They’ll be getting a couple of starts between now and the end of the season.

“They’re getting the experience of being around the squad in training and on the bench and we’ve got to give them a chance of making it.”

On the managerial front, former Morecambe assistant Andy Mutch remains in the frame to replace Neil Wainwright and Michael Stringfellow, but any move for the former Wolves striker will have to wait as he awaits news of a possible knee operation.

Hoyle said: “He’s still waiting for dates for his knee operation so we’re as we were. There’s no offer on the table. We’ve had some applications but there’s nothing biting my hand off at this stage. But as I’ve said, we’re in no rush.”

The club have set an Easter Monday deadline for any interested parties to apply for the vacant Giant Axe post.

Hoyle was pleased to see his side come through against Wakefield on Saturday, The Dolly Blues getting a scare early in the second before winning 4-1, putting memories of the late horror show against Ossett Town the week prior to bed.

He said: “There were some pretty fiery things said after the Ossett game. We sat down at training on Tuesday night and said we’d all made mistakes, the players and myself, and we needed a reaction.We got that and despite them pulling a goal back we did well to come through 4-1 winners.

“Everybody was bright, happy and fit at training and looking forward to Saturday. Hopefully there will be more of the same at Salford.”

Hoyle said there was still an offer on the table for Danny Gregson to follow Darren Green in committing himself to the club for next season.