Rothwell to leave as Dodgson return

Max Rothwell
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It will be one in and one out at Giant Axe this week as Lancaster City welcome back an old favourite and say good-bye to a new one.

Former Dolly Blue Lee Dodgson will sign from Northwich Victoria in time for Saturday’s trip to Trafford while Max Rothwell has expressed his desire to move on in a bid to find regular first-team football.

Dodgson has been in sparkling, goal-scoring form for the Vics this season, registering 12 already and joint managers Michael Stringfellow and Neil Wainwright hope that he can do just that for their side.

Wainwright said: “Michael and Mick Hoyle know him very well and he knows the club and the City so it is a great fit, we hope he can continue his great form and get us some goals.

“There have been two games in particular that stand out, at home to Wakefield and away at Cammell Laird where we have dominated for 80-90% of the game but have not scored, we have missed that little bit extra and hopefully Lee can help us address that.

“This means we now have a lot of quality up front and competition to boot.”

Rothwell, meanwhile, hasn’t featured on a regular basis for the Dolly Blues this term and informed Wainwright of his decision to move on this week.

He said: “Max phoned me and we had a good long chat, we cannot guarantee him regular first-team football so it makes sense for him to move on, I wish him all the best for the future.”

The new bosses have not been shy in their recruitment this term, bringing in players in all positions, but Wainwright says he was impressed with the squad when he arrived.

He added: “We have some very good young players at the club who will be notching up nine out of 10s one week but unfortunately fives the next.

“Rob Wilson is one in particular who is very talented who just needs a bit more consistency, if he adds that to his game he will go on to be a very good player.

“We have brought in players for the areas we thought needed improvement but that doesn’t mean we have been disappointed with anyone, if players are doing well than they will be picked.”

The Dolly Blues travel to Trafford at the weekend before they take their last tilt at a trophy with a home tie against Curzon Ashton in the Doodson Sport Cup.