Perfect start for new City bosses

Neil Wainwright and Michael Stringfellow at Giant Axe.
Neil Wainwright and Michael Stringfellow at Giant Axe.
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It’s fair to say Michael Stringfellow hasn’t had a bad week.

Appointed joint Lancaster City boss with Neil Wainwright last Thursday, the pair then won their first game 4-0 at Harrogate Railway Athletic on Saturday.

And to cap it all off, The Dolly Blues came from behind to win 3-1 at Warrington on Tuesday, which also happened to be Stringfellow’s 31st birthday.

“I’d had a good day and then to top it off with the win was great really,” he said.

“To be honest we probably would have taken a draw there but the lads fully deserved the three points.”

The former Dolly Blues skipper, who returned to the club in the summer to assist then caretaker manager Mick Hoyle, said he and Wainwright had had a really positive response from the players during their short time in change.

“They’ve really responded to us coming in,” he said.

“We haven’t had to change much in terms of individuals but the lads understand what we want from them. If we play at a high tempo we will create chances with our four forwards.

“The win on Tuesday was the pick of the two victories because at 1-0 down the character we showed to come back and win 3-1 was great really.”

Despite the good start, Stringfellow confessed the club were looking to add a couple of new faces to the squad, with Darren Green of Bamber Bridge still a target.

“It’d be ideal to bring in local players and we’d like to add a couple to the squad.

“Darren Green is still someone we have an interest in.

“He played well against us a couple of weeks ago and can play in midfield or up front but his partner has had a baby so it’s on hold at the moment but if it’s possible we’d like to bring him in.

“We want to sign someone because Roddy (Rodrigo Branco) will eventually go back to Fleetwood but if we can’t get anyone we’ve got players like Luke Bradley who have been doing really well for the under 18s.”

One of City’s in-form front men Tom Kilifin needed several stitches in an ear injury after a nasty clash in Tuesday’s win but is expected to be okay to play on Saturday at home to Wakefield, with City’s joint bosses set to have a fully-fit squad to pick from.

The Dolly Blues will be looking for revenge on the Yorkshire side after Wakefield knocked them out of the FA Trophy 2-1 at Giant Axe last month.

Stringfellow said: “Tom went to the hospital and had nine stitches in his ear but I think he’s going to be okay for Saturday.

“It was a pretty nasty tackle to be honest and split his ear but he should be available.

“We’ve had two games in four days so we’ll just do a light session at Thursday training and I expect we’ll have a full squad to pick from on Saturday.

“I’m sure revenge will be in the back of people’s minds but we had a little bit of a period where we didn’t perform and we want to right those wrongs.

“If we just keep doing what we’ve been doing we’ll pick up results.”

City follow up Saturday’s game at Giant Axe with a trip to Prescot Cables next Tuesday night, October 16.