Scarborough Athletic joint-boss Paul Foot is expecting each of his strikers to be banging on his door ahead of this weekend’s home clash against winless basement side New Mills, 2pm.
Neither Gary Bradshaw, Ryan Blott, Tom Corner or Alex Peterson hit the back of the net during a barren month of October, but with New Mills having conceded 60 goals in their opening 16 games this season, they will be praying for a starting role on Saturday.
Foot said: “All four will be wanting to start, they will all want a bit of the action against New Mills.
“They will be looking at the table and how many goals New Mills have conceded and they’ll be praying that me and Bryan (Hughes) give them a chance.
“We have to do what is best for the club though. We have been in a blip, so it all comes down to getting that result.”
Foot has hinted that there may be more of an attacking formation at Queensgate than the 4-5-1 on Saturday that helped Boro secure a goalless draw at Glossop.
“We put Alex up front on Saturday by himself and it worked for us,” added Foot.
“He may not have the aerial power of Tom, the hold-up play of Blotty or the skill of Gary, but his work-rate is absolutely immense.
“The team selection worked on Saturday, but we have to have a look again for the New Mills game. We are at home and it is a good chance to get another vital three points on the board.”
Boro won’t have either Ben Hirst or Isaac Assenso in their squad on Saturday, as the loanees have returned to respective parent clubs York and Scunthorpe.
Foot said: “We brought them in when we were really struggling for players, due to lads leaving and injuries.
“They played their part for us, maybe not getting as much game time as they will have wanted, but their stay with us will have done us good.
“Both Ben and Isaac have thanked us and they have told us that they enjoyed their time.
“Hopefully it will put them in good stead and help their careers.”