TOMMY LAWSON believes Skelmersdale United could have one of the most potent attacking partnerships around if he can get Dean Astbury and Shaun Tuck firing together.
The Skem boss moved quickly to snap up Astbury after the striker left Evo-Stik Premier Division rivals Marine last week. The 26-year-old marked his debut for the club with the winner in their 1-0 win over Barwell on Saturday.
And having already added Tuck to his squad, Lawson insists Skem could have the makings of a dream strikeforce.
He said: “You wouldn't want to play against those two, would you? Both of them need to get a bit of fitness together. They have had a few injuries and whatnot, so they need to get back to full match sharpness.
“But they work hard, that's their game. Dean's legs were going a bit towards the end of the game on Saturday, but he was still grafting and still putting the work in. That's pleasing to see.
“Tucker got half an hour and looked lively. If we can get them playing together, I think we will be in for a really exciting forward line.”
Astbury's arrival at the West Lancashire College Stadium came during a week of ins and outs. Strikers Gary Burnett and Nick Rogan have left the club, joining Northwich Victoria and Marine, respectively, whilst midfielder Dale Wright has also moved to Northwich.
“That was Dale's decision,” admitted Lawson. “He wanted to play more football, and he felt that at his age the best thing was to move.
“I would have liked to have kept him at the club because I think he's a good player and a smashing lad. I have told him that if it doesn't work out for him down there, then he's welcome to come back.
“With Gaz Burnett, we received a financial offer from Northwich. He's another player who hasn't been able to get as much game time as he would have liked. It will do him the world of good to go there and get some games, score some goals and get his confidence up.
“And with Nick, it just wasn't working out, so he's gone back to Marine with our blessing.”
Lawson's men entertain Blyth Spartans this weekend, looking to keep pace at the top of the table.
He added: “I think you will see a pack form in the next few weeks, and just start to break away. We want to be part of that.”