Chance for city to cash in on cup runs

Lancaster City's Tom Ince.
Lancaster City's Tom Ince.

Lancaster City chase yet more FA prize money on Saturday as they challenge Mossley in the FA Trophy First Qualifying Round.

There will be a £2,700 bonus for the winner and after collecting nearly £10,000 in prize money from the previous round and a two round FA Cup run the Dolly Blues are reaping the awards.

Director of Football Mick Hoyle is understandably delighted but insists it has not changed the club’s budget which remains in the black.

He said: “The results have been fantastic but we haven’t changed our finances because of it.

“The prize money helps us stay stable for the next twelve months, which is great.”

City have signed some big non-league names this season in defender Glenn Steel from AFC Fylde, flying winger Tom Ince from Chorley and former Chester goalkeeper Michael Hale, this trio arriving after the major pre-season coups of Garry Hunter from Barrow and Danny Mahoney from Clitheroe.

On the clubs acquisitions Hoyle said: “We sat down at the start of the season and wrote up a wish list, our Christmas list if you will.

“And we have been able to go out and sign some very, very good players.

“But we are in budget and we have a great squad, we maybe need another striker – we’d love a 25 goal a season man – and possibly more cover at centre-back.”

True to Evo-Stik First Division North form there have been some big spending rivals matching the Dolly Blues step by step and after his experience of leading the side last term Hoyle knows only too well his clubs competition and is keeping a close eye on their form.

He said, “The biggest surprise has been how Northwich Victoria have faltered, Curzon Ashton are the strongest side we have seen and in terms of other rivals Kendal Town have looked good on the occasions I’ve watched them but seem a bit hit and miss.

“We need to continue what we are doing and we will be fine.”