Dolly Blues close to signing Chorley winger

Tom Ince in action for Chorley.
Tom Ince in action for Chorley.
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Lancaster City are closing in on the signing of a new winger.

Tom Ince left Evo-Stik Northern Premier League side Chorley last week and the Dolly Blues have put in seven days notice of an approach for the tricky left-sided player.

He could sign on Friday in time to feature in the FA Cup first qualifying round trip to Spennymoor Town on Saturday.

Director of football Mick Hoyle said: “Tom Ince trained with us last Thursday and we put seven days notice in the following day because he’s still registered with Chorley.

“We’ve spoken to them and hopefully he’ll be released on Friday and will put pen to paper.

“He’s a very quick, skilful left-sided player who creates a lot of chances and scores a few too.

“He’s the wide player we’ve been looking for.”

The trip to the North East on Saturday promises to be a stern test for the Dolly Blues who are still unbeaten after wins over Harrogate Railway Athletic and Prescot Cables in the last seven days.

But last season’s FA Vase winners have lost just the once in the Northern League Division One this season.

Hoyle said: “The game against Spennymoor’s a big one for lots of reasons.

“I remember going there 20 years ago in the fourth qualifying round and losing to a 94th-minute offside goal, so there’s a bit of revenge on my mind.

“One of the good things about the FA Cup is there’s obviously £3,000 for the winners as well.

“But most important of all we want to keep our unbeaten run going.”

City will make the trip without right back Rob Henry, who is still struggling with an ankle problem, and goalkeeper Danny MacDonald, who has been suffering with an infection in his arm.

Former Fleetwood and Bamber Bridge stopper Mike Hale, a recent arrival at Giant Axe, has impressed in the absence of City’s number one against Harrogate and Prescot.

Hoyle said: “Danny has improved 20 to 30 per cent this season and we signed Mike as number two because we needed cover.

“Mike has been out of the game for a year but he’s played at a good level and done everything asked of him well.

“He’s very commanding, talks well, and has looked very confident.”

Defender Rory Winters is still awaiting international clearance having returned to Giant Axe following a spell in Canada.

There are still places available on the supporters’ coach to Spennymoor.

Leaving Giant Axe at 12.15pm, with a pick up at the Holiday Inn on Caton Road at 12.30pm, places can be booked costing £10 by calling the club on 01524 382238.