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Brown hoping to add "street-wise" striker to Basingstoke squad

Basingstoke Town manager Terry Brown says he remains intent in recruiting a street-wise striker before the end of the season.

The Basingstoke boss saw at first hand the damage a player with that nous can do when Stuart Fleetwood bagged a hat-trick in basingstokeWeymouth’s recent 6-1 victory. Brown said: “As we can operate outside the transfer window, I will keep looking. It could be someone a club are trying to get off their wage bill.

“We have only two strikers and they need help. Aaron Jarvis has come on a bundle and Aaron Redford is working hard but still recovering after some injuries. “Fleetwood had three chances and scored three goals. That tells you everything you need to know about that type of player.”

Jarvis took his tally for the season to 11 in midweek when Hayes and Yeading were defeated 3-2 on their own patch. Joe Gater got the winner with Marcus Johnson-Schuster also on target. It was the fourth win in six league games for Brown’s young charges and he is anxious to keep the momentum going tomorrow (Saturday) when they face Biggleswade. The visitors are also inconsistent, losing at home to Stratford in midweek after beating Banbury at the weekend.

But Brown warned: “We have conceded 10 goals in our last three games and that is not nearly good enough. We need to be stronger in that respect. “We know what to expect from Biggleswade. We will have to do something we are not so good at and that is defend a lot of balls in the box.”

Brown added “We are a bit threadbare. We have 17 players available, including two goalkeepers. If we lose one of the senior players like David Ray or Matt Partridge, we tend to struggle. “The way things are at the moment we are not quite safe from relegation. But one or two more wins should secure our place.”

Article: Ken Gaunt (www.basingstoketown.net)

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