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ACCRINGTON Stanley are hoping to sign a proven goalscorer from a Third Division club.

DOING WELL . . . Robbie Williams
DOING WELL . . . Robbie Williams

ACCRINGTON Stanley are hoping to sign a proven goalscorer from a Third Division club.

Boss John Coleman has said he is talking to a player and, although Saturday's Conference game at Tamworth may be too soon, he hopes he can add to his squad.

"I am speaking to somebody," confirmed the boss. "I can't say much more but we will see what happens."

Coleman already has a wealth of strikers at his disposal with Paul Mullin, Lutel James, John Durnin, Brian Welch and Darren Connell at Stanley. Mullin scored the winner in their second Conference win over Scarborough on Monday but Coleman admits Stanley need to be converting more of their opportunities.

"Paul and Lutel were head and shoulders above the rest of the strikers in the UniBond League and now, in the Conference, they are in with a lot of other good strikers," said the boss. "They are both good players and are aiming for 20 goals this season - and I hope they get there - but we need to start taking more of our chances."

Mullin admitted: "It's a hard league, but on our showings so far we'll do all right. I haven't had as many chances since we came up. I took one against Leigh and had a couple on Monday. I missed the first one, which I was disappointed with, but I took the second one so if I'm scoring with 50 per cent of my chances I'll settle for that."

The main aim now for the Reds is to get a Saturday win under their belts - and some points from their travels. All Stanley's points have come at home so far this season and on a week day.

"We are not panicking yet but we have put in some good performances and need to turn those into points," said Coleman.

This starts at Dr Marten's champions Tamworth who Stanley had a run-in with last year. They lost 4-1 in the FA Trophy but the Reds chief says this counts for nothing now.

"They haven't had the best of starts although they will be boosted by the win over Halifax on Monday. They have also changed their personnel since we last played them."

The Stanley chief was relieved to halt their run of two successive defeats - after the 1-0 loss to Shrewsbury and Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Forest Green - with the Scarborough victory. And he has been delighted with the performance of his back four so far this season.

"Peter Cavanagh and Robbie Williams - in fact the whole of the defence - have impressed me. They have handled the step into the Conference well. We just need to put a string of decent results together."

Former Burnley midfielder Andrew Waine made his first appearance for Stanley, coming on as a substitute against Boro. And he might be in contention for a start after scoring two goals in the Lancashire League as Stanley reserves maintained their 100 per cent record with a 4-1 win over Bamber Bridge on Tuesday.

"Andrew has done himself no harm with those two goals," said Coleman.

The reserves travel to Workington on Saturday (ko 3pm).


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