New striker set to bolster City ranks

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Lancaster City caretaker boss Mick Hoyle is confident a new striker will sign for the Dolly Blues in time for Saturday’s important FA Cup tie at home to Salford City.

The news comes after admitting that Joe Bunney faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a groin injury.

He said: “I feel as though we’re not far away from where we want to be but we’re obviously still struggling in front of goal and are looking to bring a couple of strikers in.

“Joe Bunney is waiting for a scan on his groin to see the damage on an injury that he’s struggled with since pre-season.

“We hope to have one new striker signed and training with us on Thursday for Saturday’s game.”

Hoyle also highlighted the importance of building on their encouraging display against Trafford in the wake of the heavy defeat suffered against highly fancied Curzon Ashton.

He also praised the efforts of his players for their improved midweek performance against the then league leaders.

“We went to Curzon Ashton on Saturday, which is a difficult place to go, and obviously they’re going to be up there for the title this year.

“After the defeat the most important thing was to get a result against Trafford to try and get our season kicked off. With the way Trafford have started I’d have given anything for a clean sheet, which we managed to do.

“I think we created enough chances to get a bit of luck to stick one in and had we scored one today we would have gone on to win comfortably as the confidence is there.

“Hopefully this can be the foundation for us to go on and improve.

“I couldn’t tell you who our man of the match was but also couldn’t tell you who didn’t perform.”

With the finances of the weekend’s FA Cup tie at stake, the City boss is happy for the goals to come in any shape or form.

He also feels that the team are a stroke of luck away from getting their stuttering start to the season back to winning ways.

He said: “With £3,000 on offer it’s a big game for us but Salford won’t fancy coming to Giant Axe.

“We need to play the way we did today, keep a clean sheet and hopefully we’ll get a bit of luck in front of goal.”

Lancaster City take on Salford City in that FA Cup clash at Giant Axe on Saturday, with any resultant replay to be played at Salford the following Tuesday.