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Knee operation blow for Pickering Town’s Liam Salt
2:57pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in Sport
STAR striker Liam Salt needs a knee operation – but Pickering Town are hoping their record scorer will be back by Christmas.
Salt was injured during a pre-season friendly at Scarborough Athletic and a scan has revealed a cartilage tear.
Still waiting to see a consultant, Salt will have to go under the knife but the goal-getter is relieved he has not ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament and he could return as quickly as the end of the year.
The Pikes could do with his goals after a nightmare week which saw them unable to get on the scoresheet during defeats to Garforth Town and Liversedge.
The latter, a 4-0 thumping at the Recreation Ground last Saturday, particularly disappointed manager Jimmy Reid who has expressed concerns about whether his team are gelling together.
“We’ve had a bad three or four weeks at the office,” he said. “We have lost some decent players to injury like Salt, John Heads and Tommy Adams. I also think the league has moved on this season.
“We have got a few things that we need to sort out and we have got to try and get back on track again.
“We’ve got a great under-19s team and I might look at recruiting a couple more players and giving a chance to a couple of the youngsters.”
Reid added: “We started well but we still need to gel. We’ve got 14 days to put it right and I still think we have got the nucleus of a decent team – probably better than last year.”
Liversedge, who moved up to 14th in the Northern Counties East League premier division table with their win, arrived at Mill Lane with just one substitute.
They scored twice in the opening half hour, both goals coming from Billy Grogan. Ryan Wood supplied the through ball on each occasion and Grogan struck on 15 and 32 minutes.
Joe Danby and Shepherd both had chances to cut the deficit but both efforts were well saved by Jamie Abbott.
Pickering began the second half in better fettle. Chris Batchelor combined well with Josh Greening to set up Dean Readman after 46 minutes but a weak shot went wide of the visitors’ goal and, five minutes later, Danby combined well with Lewis Taylor and Batchelor to tee up Greening but Abbott tipped the ball behind for a corner.
Abbott then kept out Danby’s header from the set-piece and Pickering continued to press forward.
Liversedge killed the game off when they scored twice in three minutes.
Ben Grech-Brooksbank made it 3-0 on 59 minutes with an unstoppable 30-yard shot which went into the top corner of Arran Reid’s goal and it was quickly four when Bradley Riley found the bottom corner from 25-yards.
Reid’s men were shell-shocked but Danby hit a post and Abbott saved well from Ged Dalton.
It was all Liversedge at the finish, however.
Reid saved superbly to prevent Grogan getting his hat-trick, Riley shot over the crossbar and Grech-Brooksbank had an effort well saved by Reid.
Pickering: Reid A, Reid T, Readman, Cook, Sturdy, Patterson, Batchelor, Shepherd (Taylor 45), Danby, Greening (Baxter 64), and Hawkes (Dalton 64). Fenwick not used.
The Liversedge setback followed a 2-0 reverse to Garforth at home eight days ago. Nick Black, on 67 minutes, and CJ Lyle, with seven left on the clock, scored the goals.
Pickering, who have now dropped to 12th in the premier division table, are next in action on Saturday, October 12 at Parkgate (kick off 3pm).
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