Hattersley’s second County trial

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LANCASTER CITY hotshot Danny Hattersley has spent another spell on trial with Stockport County.

The Isle of Man-born forward. City’s top goalscorer this season with 18 league goals, played for the Hatters in their Manchester Senior Cup victory over Rochdale on Tuesday as he looked to impress the Blue Square Bet Premier side.

Dolly Blues assistant boss Phil Brown said: “There was an opportunity for Danny to go there for a few days earlier in the week.

“They have shown interest in him before as Tony (Hesketh, Lancaster manager) has said and they wanted to have another look at him.

“I went to the game and he played an hour and did all right. We’ll see what happens but we have to think about Danny’s development.”

Hattersley returned to the City side on Saturday after recovering from a hip injury, coming on as a substitute to score the second goal in the Dolly Blues’ 2-0 win over Ossett Albion, to keep them in the final play-off place.

Despite the win, City were dealt a major blow as on-loan Fleetwood defender Jack Duggan fractured his ankle and is set to miss the rest of the season.

Brown said: “It was vital we bounced back after the defeat against Garforth. We did enough to win that game but we didn’t so we had to get the three points and we did. It’s desperate news about Jack. It was pretty innocuous, he seemed to fall awkwardly and got up and ran off but has gone down again.

“He’s only a young boy so you’ve got to be careful with injuries and make sure that it gets sorted. I’m sure Fleetwood will give him first-class treatment.

“I’d be very surprised if he plays any part before the end of the season.”

See the Lancaster Guardian (15-03-12) for full story.