Town strikers are as good as any around

Leading the way: James Dean is top scorer with 17 goals so far this season
Leading the way: James Dean is top scorer with 17 goals so far this season

New Town coach Lee Nogan knows a thing or two about goalscoring - and he is impressed by the strikers the Shaymen have at their disposal.

Nogan scored more than 100 goals during a Football League career that included spells at Reading, Watford and Oxford and cost £770,000 in transfer fees as he moved clubs.

Now he is hoping to pass on some of his experience to the Town frontmen who are already the best in the division.

“I am very impressed with the standard of strikers at the club,” he said. “It is good that there are four or five competing for two places which adds a little bit of bite to it.

“They all want to play which is a good thing.

“I have taken them over the past couple of weeks and have been very impressed.

“If they gain something from what I have given them, brilliant.

Nogan has his A licence as a coach, which means he is qualified to help the strikers, and he is also a strong enough character to add his thoughts to any discussion boss Neil Aspin and his assistant Trevor Storton may have.

“As a squad it is easily the best in the league,” said Nogan. “And it would be difficult to pick anyone out of the league above who would get in from what I have seen.

“Although Neil is a centre back and has his opinions, I have mine as well.

“It is not just with strikers, it is all over the pitch. That’s why you do you coaching badges.

Nogan had a spell as manager at Whitby Town before quitting in October 2007 and more recently had been scouting future opposition sides for Aspin.

“I have really enjoyed it so far because I have missed it a little bit,” he said. “I am just pleased to be given the opportunity to get back in.”

One thing Nogan probably didn’t consider was a return to playing.

But he was back on the pitch in midweek, playing a full 90 minutes for the Shaymen in their County Cup clash at Harrogate Railway.

“I played at Railway last year for Harrogate Veterans in the Umbro Cup and I thought that would be my last game,” he said.

“But it was nice to have a little work out and give a few lads a rest.

“We don’t want any injuries so that was the important part of it.

“I think it will take me a few days to recover!”

TOWN fans wishing to travel on the official supporters bus to Worksop next weekend can book now on 07707 143094. The coat will be £10 and transport leaves the Shay at noon.

Bookings are also being taken for the shuttle bus which will operate on the evening of the club’s Sportsman’s Dinner at the Cedar Court. The cost is £5 and it will pick up at the Three Pigeons at 6.30 and the Belgrave SC at 6.45.