Striker gives City ‘extra dimension’

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Joint Lancaster City boss Neil Wainwright believes new signing Darren Green gives his side an “extra dimension”.

The Dolly Blues’ near month-long pursuit of the Bamber Bridge front man ended on Tuesday when he officially arrived at Giant Axe after meeting with Wainwright’s fellow joint boss Michael Stringfellow and director of football Mick Hoyle on Monday.

And Wainwright said he and Stringfellow are looking at other players with a view to strengthening the squad.

Wainwright said: “We’re really pleased to have got him (Green).

“He gets goals from midfield and can play up front as well.

“I think he’ll bring an extra dimension, something we were maybe missing in Saturday’s defeat. Somebody to get hold of the game.

“There’s a couple of others we’ve got our eye on and if the players become available then we might look at bringing them in.

“But there’s not much to say on that at the moment.”

After two wins in their first week in charge it has been a more frustrating seven days for the new management duo who tasted defeat for the first time with a 1-0 loss at home to Wakefield on Saturday and then saw Tuesday’s visit to Prescot Cables called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

Wainwright said: “We did okay on Saturday but didn’t play as well as in the first two games. We created enough chances to win the game but they were using spoiling tactics from the off.

“Their goalkeeper was time wasting from the second minute.

“But they kept going and got the goal with what I think was there only shot on target.”

The Dolly Blues are without a game on Saturday with Ossett Albion in FA Cup action, meaning it will be ten days since City’s last game when Radcliffe Borough visit the Giant Axe this Tuesday, October 23.

The former Morecambe winger said: “It was frustrating to have the game called off on Tuesday.

“It gives us a chance to regroup but when you lose like we did on Saturday you want to bounce back as quickly as you can.

“But we’ll have a session on Thursday and then play a game between ourselves on Saturday so we’ll be firing and ready to go on Tuesday.”

Wainwright hopes full back Dan Parkinson, who has been out for around a month with a calf injury, will be fit enough to take part in Saturday’s training match ahead of a possible return against Radcliffe.

Brazilian forward Rodrigo Branco will be banned for the game after his sending off in the victory over Harrogate.