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Richer pickings for Pickering Town coach Jimmy Reid
10:56am Friday 18th October 2013 in Sport
Jimmy Reid may not have been able to entice Denny Ingram to the Recreation Ground from rivals Tadcaster – he also let Chris Gowen go to Barton Town Old Boys last week – but the Pickering Town boss says he still has riches at his disposal ahead of his side’s home game against Nostell Miners Welfare tomorrow.
Midfielder Chris Batchelor came off the bench and scored twice as the Pikes won their second game in four days with a 3-2 success over Athersley Recreation on Tuesday night.
Josh Greening and Batchelor had given the home side a 2-0 lead but Athersley fought back to level before Batchelor scored the winner with three minutes remaining.
With former York City winger Liam Shepherd settling in at left-back and ex-player of the year Tommy Adams back in the mix, Reid was delighted with the attitude and application shown by his side.
“The performance was the important thing,” he said. “We have been lacking a bit of nous during games and this was the first time since Worksop (a 2-0 win in August) that everyone has stepped up to the mark.
“This is the time in the season that you want to kick on. We are not the finished article yet but we are heading in the right direction.”
Reid is expecting more of the same from his side when Nostell, who are bottom of the table with only four points from their 16 games, come to town.
Steve Baxter will be available for Pickering but Dean Readman is a doubt with a dead leg. If he is missing, Adams will continue at centre-half.
“We’ve got good options now compared to where we were three weeks ago when we didn’t have any,” Reid added.
“These performances have come through hard work. That’s the bottom line but there is a bit of spirit there and we need to kick on.”
Selby bid to continue their climb up the NCEL division one table when they host Shirebrook Town at Flaxley Road, while, in Conference North, Harrogate Town are at Boston United.
Manager Simon Weaver is having to deal with the loss of veteran defender Alan White, who has signed for Darlington 1883, but of more pressing concern will be ending a run of five straight defeats.
Harrogate Railway host Padiham in the Evo-Stik League first division north.
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