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Reid lands former Burnley stopper as Dootson returns to Kendal
4:39pm Wednesday 4th September 2013 in Sport
WARRINGTON Town boss Shaun Reid was dealt a blow as goalkeeper Craig Dootson signalled his intent to return to former club Kendal Town on Tuesday.
Dootson joined Yellows in the summer, but has decided to return to Cumbria due to work and family commitments.
Reid did not begrudge the ex-Fleetwood Town stopper, but was disappointed with the timing of the 34-year-old’s departure.
“It wasn’t ideal preparation for the game against New Mills,” admitted Reid.
“But he thanked us for the opportunity, wished us the best of luck and told me he expects us to be in the play-offs at the end of the season.”
Reid recruited former Burnley keeper Josh Cook, 20, in time for Tuesday’s 2-1 win over the Millers and is now preparing for Saturday’s visit of Ossett Albion, who have lost three of their first four Division One North matches this term.
“League position doesn’t mean anything at this stage,” said Reid.
“One thing we can’t do is take our foot off the gas and start thinking we’re the finished article, so we’ll prepare the same for each game and we’ll give it 100 per cent.”
And the Yellows boss is pleased with his side’s response following back-to-back defeats against Darlington 1883 and Lancaster City in the campaign’s opening week.
“I felt for the defenders after the first two games,” he explained.
“But since then we’ve put together three clean sheets in a row and they’ve been committed, throwing bodies into blocks and challenges.”