Pickering snap up Burke

Wayne Aziz will be hoping to shake off a back injury in time for Pickering's next game
Wayne Aziz will be hoping to shake off a back injury in time for Pickering's next game

Pickering Town boss Tony Hackworth has recruited Paul Burke as his new assistant-manager.

Hackworth moved to boost his backroom after last weekend’s 6-2 home defeat against Cleethorpes Town.

Burke is hugely experienced, having worked for Manchester City among a number of other clubs.

Hackworth said: “I spoke to Paul at length after Saturday’s game, telling him what I expect for this club.

“He is perfect for the role because he has experience, contacts and I also trust him.

“I will be speaking to him about players and we have already moved to put in a couple of seven-day notices in for a couple of lads.

“We have no game this week so I’ll be taking in a match and Paul will be heading to watch Parkgate because they are our next opponents a week on Saturday.”

Hackworth is keen to move on from Saturday’s loss that wasn’t aided by the 38th minute dismissal of keeper Toby Wells.

The former Old Malton St Mary’s man was adjudged to have tripped Jonathan Oglesby inside the box. The referee gave the penalty and also a straight red card.

Louis Grant scored from the spot and went on to add two more for his treble.

Liam Dickens, Jack Barlow and Lawrence Heward also scored past stand-in stopper Niall Gibb, while Billy Logan bagged a brace for the Pikes.

Hackworth added: “It is a learning curve for me because I have never been one for having a keeper on the bench.

“They just did what any team would do against a stand-in keeper, shoot from anywhere.

“I feel that if we had kept 11 players on the pitch we would have won the game.

“Billy scored a couple of great goals, but on another day he could have had four.

“It is an unfortunate one, but we move on.

“The week off is frustrating, but it will allow a few of the lads to shake off the injuries they have.

“I don’t know how Wayne Aziz got through Saturday’s game because he has been struggling badly with his back.

“We now have Parkgate in our next game and then the Christmas double-header against Retford.

“I have set the lads a target for those game, I want maximum points so we can start the new year in confident fashion.”