SCORING goals almost comes naturally to Matthew Chadwick.

The striker – thoroughly tried and tested at this level with Ashton United – is the latest piece in the Warrington Town jigsaw ahead of the new campaign.

Some would even say that he – a man with a proven record of productive goalscoring seasons in this division – is the piece Yellows have been missing.

Goals are his game and he has made a decent start to life at Cantilever Park on that front – in 75 minutes of pre-season action since joining from Altrincham, he has already netted twice.

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Matthew Chadwick made a goalscoring debut for Town as a trialist against City of Liverpool. Picture by John Hopkins

Now, with the competitive action about to begin, the 26-year-old’s aim is clear.

“I always set myself a target of 20 goals a season and that will be my aim,” he said.

“Any striker should really be aiming for a goal every two games at least. Getting into double figures for assists would be nice as well.

“I’m very direct in how I play and I’ll always look to go forward.

“Hopefully I can bring goals and assists while playing right through the middle.

“I wouldn’t say I was just a penalty-box poacher kind of striker.

“Whether it’s getting the ball into feet or running in behind, I’m comfortable doing both.

“If we play football – and I know we will – I hope I can be integral to it."

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Chadwick is just as keen to provide for his teammates as well as score himself. Picture by John Hopkins

Chadwick’s arrival bolsters the already-plentiful attacking options available to boss Paul Carden.

With Town tending to favour a two-striker system, he will have to compete with the evergreen Tony Gray, the speedy Connor McCarthy and powerhouse target man Josh Amis for a starting spot.

While confident he could build a successful partnership with any of them, Chadwick insists he has not come to Yellows to sit on the bench.

“The strikers that are here are all good players,” he said.

“Tony Gray was here scoring goals last year, Josh Amis is an absolute handful and Connor McCarthy has played at a decent level.

“I’ve got to challenge to get into the team, but I wouldn’t have come here to not start games.

“I’m here to score goals and hopefully I’ll strike up a good relationship with whoever I play with.”

It is hoped Chadwick will play a big part in helping make the step they came agonisingly close to making last season and earn promotion to the National League North.

After all, he has done it before – he was part of the Ashton side that won promotion from this league in the 2017/18 season.

That being said, he appears better placed than most when it comes to judging how well-equipped this squad is to challenge.

“I don’t see why we can’t be up there,” he said.

“We’ve brought in some really good players to add to what was already a good squad.

“There will be some ups and downs but hopefully we can be there or thereabouts.

“I’ve played against Warrington for years with Ashton and they’ve always been up near the top.

“You knew what you were going to get from them – they were very tough and were always challenging.

“I knew what I was getting myself in for and I want to help take the club that one step further.”