Goal-shy Town in hunt for more firepower

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DESPERATE Hucknall Town are frantically hunting for a goal-getting striker in a bid to arrest their dramatic slide down the Evo-Stik League, Premier Division table.

The goal-shy Yellows are also in the market for a midfielder who can find the back of the net as they continue to search for their first league win of 2011.

A 2-1 reverse at home to FC United Of Manchester last Saturday means that in five Evo-Stik games since the turn of the year, Town have lost four and scored only three goals.

Their last league win came on Saturday November 13 against Kendal Town at Watnall Road.

That victory propelled The Yellows up to sixth place and on to the coat-tails of those chasing the promotion play-offs.

Now Tommy Brookbanks’ side are as low as 16th, only three places and four points above the relegation-zone.

Of the teams beneath them, only the bottom two don’t have games in hand over The Yellows.

And with four sides going down this season, Town are looking nervously over their shoulders.

Notwithstanding the 5-4 victory in the league cup on Wednesday night, assistant boss Gary Stones admits something needs to be done and soon, especially with top striker Tyeisse ‘TJ’ Nightingale set to serve a three-match ban for a red card he received against FC United.

The frontman will miss trips to Ossett Town and Bradford Park Avenue, plus a midweek home clash with Chasetown, later this month.

“We are looking at new players for up front and midfield,” said Stones. “We have put in a seven-day approach for a midfielder-cum-striker.

“Obviously our goals record is a concern. We know we have a problem. We have not scored enough goals and we need to rectify it as soon as possible.

“‘TJ’ is doing well and has three goals already. But we need some from elsewhere.”

Games are coming thick and fast now for The Yellows after the weather-enforced winter break.

And with their next two fixtures against Chasetown on Saturday (February 12), who are flying in the FA Trophy, and big-spending Worksop Town on Tuesday February 15, things are not going to get any easier.

Chasetown have reached the quarter-finals of the Trophy, in which they are set to face Mansfield Town later this month. They knocked out another former Football League club, Grimsby Town, two rounds ago

The Staffordshire giantkillers are tenth in the Evo-Stik Premier, while Worksop, who have former Yellows Danny Bacon and Luke Shiels in their squad, are eighth in the table.

Stones said: “We had a look at Chasetown on Tuesday night when they lost 1-0 at home to Buxton. They are on a roll in the Trophy and it will be a tough game.

“Realistically, we are looking at getting a point at Chasetown but definitely aiming for three points at home to Worksop. We have the edge over them after beating them in the league cup.

“You have to remember we have a young squad, which means a naive squad. You will get mistakes.

“But it only takes a couple of wins and we will shoot back up the league.

“It is mainly down to confidence. The lads have the ability. It is just a matter of them believing in themselves.”

Stones also moved to dismiss a claim made on the club’s unofficial fans’ forum website about dressing-room unrest at Watnall Road.

“That is a load of rubbish,” he insisted. “Everything is sound. I have my suspicions about who is making the comments.”