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Pickering Town manager urging top scorer Liam Salt to stay put
GOAL star Liam Salt could be set to leave Pickering Town after Northern Counties East League premier division rivals Bridlington Town put in a seven-day approach for the prolific striker.
Salt, who has netted 23 times for the Pikes this season in league and cup, can speak to the second-placed seaside outfit on Tuesday and manager Jimmy Reid is unsure as to whether he will lose a key player.
Bridlington are in the market for a new striker after Tadcaster Albion claimed Carl Stewart in a surprise swoop and Salt is likely to be offered better terms than he could receive at the Recreation Ground as an incentive to go.
“I hope he will turn it down,” said Reid. “But he has been offered nearly double the money he has at this place.
“At the end of the day, I’ve spoken to him and have said I don’t want him to go.
“We will just have to wait and see. It’s up to him.
“If he decides to go I will shake his hand – like I did when Tommy Adams and Joel Ramm left.”
Reid doubts Saturday’s visit of Arnold to Mill Lane will beat the weather but, if it does, he is expecting a more “professional” display from his side after they threw away a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 to Parkgate last weekend.
He added: “It was very disappointing and we were gutted. The trouble is you can shout from the sidelines as much as you want, but you have to be able to say ‘let’s hold on to what we have got’.
“We were actually on the attack when we conceded the first goal and, if we had just held the ball, they couldn’t score.
“It’s about being sensible and professional. It looked like a kids game. They all wanted to go and score the next goal.”
Tadcaster Albion were looking for a friendly match with the side not in NCEL premier division action tomorrow.
Leaders Scarborough Athletic travel to Glasshoughton Welfare, while title rivals Brid, who are six points behind, are at home to basement side Winterton Rangers.
Selby Town’s miserable run continued in midweek as Callum Spratt’s consolation could not prevent the Robins falling to another defeat in NCEL division one, this time 2-1 against Hemsworth Miners Welfare at Flaxley Road.
Manager Ian Dring must now attempt to pick his men up for the trip to Louth tomorrow.
Third-placed Knaresborough Town entertain Clipstone Welfare.