Hesketh furious as Swarbrick leaves

Lancaster City v Wakefield'Dave Swarbrick opens the scoring in the second minute for City.
Lancaster City v Wakefield'Dave Swarbrick opens the scoring in the second minute for City.
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LANCASTER City boss Tony Hesketh has vented his anger over top goalscorer Dave Swarbrick’s departure to AFC Fylde.

Hesketh said an unnamed person connected with Fylde had facilitated the deal and he had received no contact from Fylde boss Kelham O’Hanlon before the deal.

The Dolly Blues manager said: “It looks like Fylde’s Lancaster-based scout has struck again. But they get fantastic deals from Fylde that we can’t offer.

“I would have appreciated some contact from Fylde as well. Dave was non-contract but there is a common code of decency in non-league football and I would have expected a call from the Fylde manager.

“But I’m pleased for Dave. He’s got an excellent deal there.”

Winger Paul Jarvis also moved to the Fylde coast last season for a nominal fee as City looked to ensure they finished in the black.

And Hesketh has re-iterated that City simply cannot compete with clubs like Fylde when it comes to attracting players.

He said: “It’s not a level playing field. We can’t compete with the extremely wealthy clubs, or those with wealthy benefactors. That’s the nature of the beast.

“We only have non-contract players and we are not in a position to commit to 12-month contracts.

“But we’re optimistic this might change. (Acting chairman) Mick Hoyle has been working in the last six months to secure funds that should allow us to compete for the play-offs.”

See the Lancaster Guardian (02-06-11) for full story.