SHAUN Reid responded to Warrington Town’s failure to score for a second successive Saturday by bringing in a forward.
He hopes the arrival of Shaun Tuck, from higher-ranked Vauxhall Motors, will freshen up the Yellows’ attack following goalless stalemates against Farsley at the weekend and at Cammell Laird seven days earlier.
Those results leave Town six points adrift of Division One North leaders Curzon Ashton ahead of Saturday’s trip to Burscough.
Reid said: “Shaun was the first player I tried to sign when I arrived at the club but by then he was already on his way to Witton, which I can understand. He’s renowned for getting 30 goals a season, and he’s at a prime age.”
The 28-year-old, who has spent time at Witton and also Skelmersdale United this season, arrives from Town’s Cheshire neighbours while recovering from a hamstring injury. But Reid is confident he will return in time to aid Town’s promotion bid.
“I was really concerned about us conceding goals but we have gone the other way now and are missing chances,” he said.
“Shaun’s a proven goalscorer. I’ll know more on the injury after training, but if he’s not ready for Saturday then hopefully he’ll be in the squad for the game at New Mills on Monday.”
Keeper Josh Ollerenshaw earned his clean sheet against Farsley, saving first from Paddy Miller on the half hour and then Robbie O’Brien moments later.
Ash Ruane replaced striker Ciaran Kilheeney at the break, but the visitors almost broke the deadlock when Lee Ellington headed against the bar.
Ruane then combined with Richard Wright to find Ben Wharton, but he sliced over.
Ollerenshaw saved again from a Miller free kick on 70 minutes, though from the resulting Ruane released Scott Metcalfe who beat two players only to be denied by Farsley shot-stopper Tom Morgan.
Reid added: “We have been magnificent the past two games, and with the chances we missed we should have won both.
“We are still in there. It’s getting to the point where we have to be looking at the play-offs, but until it’s mathematically impossible we’ll keep chasing.”
Town: Ollerenshaw, Davies, Thompson, Meakin, McCarten, Robinson, Kilheeney (Ruane), Mannix, Wharton, Wright (Bowen), Metcalfe. Subs not used: Dawson, Corrigan, Gahgan.