Banana skin alert

A place in the FA Cup first round is the target of Lancaster City boss Phil Wilson – but he realises they have to step over a potential banana skin at Giant Axe tomorrow.

The Dolly Blues take on King's Lynn, who are a rung below them in the non-League pyramid, in the competition's third qualifying round this weekend taking the unusual role as giants rather than giant-killers.

Wilson said: "We got to the first round last year and that is where we are aiming to be again this year, but obviously we have got some tough games before we get there.

"Saturday will not be easy and then you have the Conference national sides coming in in the next round, so you are never quite sure what you will draw there.

"King's Lynn have some good players and maybe they are under-achieving a little this season, so we will have to take them seriously.

"Form goes out of the window in the FA Cup and you have to take every advantage you can, we have the advantage of getting a home draw and we have to take advantage of that."

Lancaster's cup adventure last season led them to the first round proper where they crashed out to a last-minute winner against Coca-Cola League Two side Cambridge United in front of a crowd of nearly 2,000 at Giant Axe.

New signing Steve Hollis is set to make his City debut. The 32-year-old ex-Liverpool apprentice joined the club after being released by Conference club Accrington Stanley when they turned full-time in the summer and Wilson believes their loss will be his gain.

He said: "Steve played over 250 games for Accrington and the only reason he is not still there is because he was unable to turn professional. He is an experienced and versatile player who can play anywhere down the left side and we are delighted to have accquired his services."

Lynn have told ex-Manchester City striker Robert Taylor to carry on as caretaker-manager despite speculation linking ex-England internationals Chris Waddle and Mark Wright with the post last week.

The veteran frontman has been in charge of the club's last six Southern League Premier Division matches, including last Saturday's 5-1 thrashing at Merthyr Tydfil, and find themselves stranded in mid-table obscurity.

Lancaster have doubts over top-scorer Ryan-Zico Black, who missed last weekend's 3-1 win over Moor Green in Conference North with an ankle injury, defender Danny Stone (ankle) and midfielder Ian Dawes (back).

lFormer City favourite Jamie Hughes has joined Conference strugglers Northwich Victoria.