Dolly Blues hoping game beats weather

Aaron Taylor comes on as a first-half substitute for Tom Kilifin against Warrington.
Aaron Taylor comes on as a first-half substitute for Tom Kilifin against Warrington.

Lancaster City joint boss Michael Stringfellow is desperate for this Saturday’s trip to Wakefield to beat the weather as his side bid to continue their fine form.

But with snow and freezing temperatures forecast in Yorkshire it looks doubtful the Dolly Blues will have the chance to make it four games unbeaten for the first time since August.

Stringfellow said: “We’re desperate for the game to be on because we want this run to carry on.

“We’ll prepare the lads as normal so they’re ready but we need a contingency and if it isn’t on we’ll train on Saturday.

“It’s difficult, we arrived at the ground on Tuesday night for training and the pitch was rock hard so we just went for a bit of a road run.

“We’ll be on the astro turf on Thursday and you don’t know when you’re going to find out about the game. It could be as late as Saturday morning.”

City made it three wins, two draws and a loss in their last six with a 1-1 draw at home to Warrington on Saturday and Stringfellow admitted his side may have been affected by the reputations of some of the opposition.

He said: “I think it was a good point.

“On paper they are a good side with plenty of ex-Football League players and in the first half I think we gave them far too much respect.

“But in the second half we got in to them and when we got it back to 1-1 we were the only team who were going to score again.”

This Saturday’s trip to strugglers Wakefield will pose a different test for Stringfellow and fellow joint boss Neil Wainwright as City look to avenge defeats at home in league and cup earlier in the season.

If the game does beat the weather, the Dolly Blues are hopeful Tom Kilifin will be fit after being taken off early against Warrington with a groin problem, former Morecambe striker Aaron Taylor coming on for his debut.

Jake Simpson is unlikely to be available as he is due to have an x-ray on a bruised leg but Lee Dodgson should come back into the squad after missing Saturday’s game with illness.

Rob Wilson is also likely to be back in contention after recovering from an ankle injury.

One player who won’t be returning to Giant Axe is Morecambe left back James Short after his loan spell ended. Stringfellow says skipper Neil Marshall is set to continue on the left side of the defence with Ryan Elderton impressing in midfield.

He said: “I don’t think James is going to be coming back.

“(Morecambe boss) Jim Bentley is short of numbers and I think if he was to go out on loan again it would be to a higher level.

“He did really well for us and I know he enjoyed it and it was a good experience.

“Neil Marshall did really well at left back on Saturday and we looked solid defensively.

“Ryan sitting in midfield gives us that bit of experience and allows all our attacking players to get forward.

“He’s playing as well as he has done for a long time.”