Lancaster City injury woes go on

Lee Dodgson will be missing for Lancaster at Farsley.
Lee Dodgson will be missing for Lancaster at Farsley.

Lancaster City joint boss Neil Wainwright is lamenting his side’s luck with injuries ahead of another tough test at the weekend.

City, five games without a win in league and cup, were at full stretch for the defeat to promotion contenders Skelmersdale on Saturday and look to be in a similar situation when they visit another one of the fancied sides Farsley this Saturday.

“We’re going to have a few missing,” said Wainwright.

“Lee Dodgson is unavailable because he’s at a wedding and Rob Wilson was on the bench on Saturday with Rory Winters when neither of them were fit so we effectively had three subs.

“Rob played a couple of games for us when he wasn’t really fully fit and it hasn’t helped him.

“So we’re going to give him a rest and hope it gets better. He should be okay in a couple of weeks.

“We’ve got to put a side out capable of getting a result but as well as the injuries Dave Swarbrick starts his suspension.

“It’s just unfortunate these injuries have come as the tough games have arrived.”

Wainwright himself is also set to be on the sidelines for several months after damaging knee ligaments against New Mills at the start of the month.

“I went into a heavy challenge after about half an hour and felt okay and carried on and played the whole game,” he said.

“But the morning after I was in absolute agony.

“I’ve seen the Morecambe physio and he thinks I’ve torn my lateral ligament in my left knee. I’m hoping to see Morecambe’s doctor this week to work out if I need an operation but I’ll certainly be out for a few months at least.”

On-loan Morecambe left back James Short is also likely to be missing due to a family bereavement.

Despite the lack of numbers, Wainwright said he and joint boss Michael Stringfellow would be working were prepared to work with the squad they had.

“There’s no departures or arrivals to report but we are always on the lookout for players that can improve us, particularly if they can get us a few goals,” he said.

“I’m not necessarily talking about a forward because we need goals from all areas.

“If the onus is on the front men it can be tough so in the last few weeks it’s been good that the likes of Danny Gregson and Ben Hudson have got amongst the goals.

“Even so, looking at that goals for column we’d certainly like to have a few more.”

City may have been stretched on Saturday but Wainwright felt his side gave a good account of themselves against unbeaten Skelmersdale at Giant Axe, despite going down 3-1 to a side who have won 14 of their 15 league games this season.

“I certainly don’t think they will have had as tough a game in a long time,” he said.

“It speaks volumes that when we got a goal back at 2-1 they pulled a striker off and went to five in midfield and starting dribbling the ball into the corner for the final 10 minutes.

“And they only got a third because we went a bit gung ho in search of an equaliser. But at 2-1 you’ve got to go for it, there’s no point in sitting on it, you may as well lose 3-1.”