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Pickering Town praying for striking injury boost
PICKERING TOWN are keeping their fingers crossed that goal-getter Liam Salt’s knee injury isn’t as bad as first feared.
The striker, last year’s top scorer at the Recreation Ground, was injured in pre-season against Scarborough Athletic and manager Jimmy Reid believed the knee knock could keep him out of action for up to three months.
But the forward has made rapid progress in recent days, and is now awaiting a scan that will reveal the extent of the injury.
Pickering, who got off the mark with a 2-0 win at Worksop Parramore in the Northern Counties East League premier division last weekend, are on the road again – this time at Tynesiders Dunston UTS in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup.
Although a high finish in the league may be the priority for the Pikes, assistant boss Steve Brown said the FA Cup remains a big target for his side.
“It’s hugely important both for the prestige of the competition and for the players,” he explained.
“You want to play in it and get as far as you can. It’s important for the club financially as well and we are keen to do as well as we can.”
On Salt’s position, he added: “He has seen marked improvement and we are hoping it is not too serious now.”
Brown was pleased with the Pikes’ display at Worksop, a team he had identified as possible promotion candidates come the end of the season, and is looking for more of the same against a Dunston side that is bound to be physical.
He said: “I thought we played pretty well on the day. We defended well and I thought we were good value. It would have been disappointing if we hadn’t come away with anything.
“Pre-season was not all we wanted it to be but it all came together on the day. It was more like us and the whole package came together.
“We have prepared for another tough test at Dunston. We know what to expect up there. We played four or five teams from the Northern League last year and the games tended to go quite well.
“This will be another step up again and we will need to find more.”
James Patterson is missing for the Pikes, while Tom Fenwick is suspended.
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