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Irons in the fire as Pickering Town seek home rule
3:52pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in Sport
NEW faces have been targeted for Pickering Town by boss Jimmy Reid.
As the Pikes made the season’s first bow on their own Recreation Ground turf last night (Tuesday) against Winterton Rangers, the manager revealed he had launched a recruitment drive for his Northern Counties East League premier division charges.
Reid wants fresh blood to bolster a front line still missing last season’s 36-goal top scorer Liam Salt, and also to keep his current squad on their toes – even though he reckons performances are not too far away from clicking into place.
“I’ve got irons in the fire and I am trying to get a couple of players in, possibly a striker,” said the manager.
“You always look to freshen up a squad because if you don’t the lads you have can become too familiar and too settled. It just helps to keep everyone in a better shape.”
Reid added that the return to their own ground – last night’s game being followed by the visit of Staveley on Saturday – could not have been more timely with the last brace of sorties being at Lincoln Moorlands and Long Eaton in Nottinghamshire.
He said: “We know we have to have those away games at the start of the season, but so many on the trot can get a wee bit tiring, especially the last two to Lincoln Moorlands and Long Eaton, two of the longest trips all year.”
The Pikes hammered Moorlands 6-0 and, although they lost 2-1 at Long Eaton, Reid, inset, was not too downhearted by that defeat, which left them 14th with eight points from six away games.
He said: “While we’re not playing as well as we can, and certainly not playing as well as we did in the final few months of last season, we are not that far away from clicking.
“There’s not one team that’s battered us this season. It’s just that we’ve been on the wrong side of single-goal defeats.”
Insisted the Pikes boss, who was further boosted by the return of attacker John Headsfrom injury this week: “At Long Eaton we hit the post and the crossbar and we created quite a few chances.
“It was also good to get an hour of football in John as he is trying to catch up on his fitness. We have a nice wee run of games at home now, so I hope we can kick the season off and get right in to it.
“We need to get a quick three points and get on with it.”
Pickering had started well at Long Eaton, with Liam Shepherd hitting a post with a free-kick and Steve Baxter heading against the bar before they took a 37th-minute lead.
Joe Danby started the move in his own half, linking up with Baxter, whose cross into the area found Danby, up in support, to finish from 16 yards.
However, two minutes before half-time, Long Eaton equalised through substitute Mitchell Robinson, and, two minutes after the break, Daniel Gordon bagged what turned out to be the winner.
Shepherd again hit a post, while Pikes goalkeeper Aaran Reid made two brilliant saves.
Pickering: A Reid, T Reid, Gowan, Readman, Sturdy, Taylor, Dalton (Hawkes 63), Dalton (Fenwick 63), Baxter, Danby, Shepherd. Sub not used: McMillan. Attendance: 91 At struggling Lincoln Moorlands, Lewis Taylor (2), Danby, Baxter, Ged Dalton and second-half substitute Heads got on the scoresheet.
Pickering: A Reid, T Reid, Gowen, Readman, Sturdy, Taylor, Patterson, Adams (Heads 62), Baxter, Danby (Dalton 69), Shepherd (Hawkes 67).
Pickering Under-19s won 6-1 at Glasshoughton Welfare last Tuesday.
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