NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: It’s time to swap style for substance as St Neots Town bid to bolster their toothless attack
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Manager Matt Clements is ready to rip up his mis-firing St Neots strikeforce.
Saints have managed only two goals in their opening five Southern League Premier Division Central games - they both came against Bedworth United in their only victory to date.
Clements’ side have failed to find the net in their four other outings, including a goalless draw at King’s Lynn last Saturday and a 1-0 Bank Holiday Monday defeat at home to AFC Rushden & Diamonds.
The Saints chief told the Hunts Post that he has already drawn up a list of attacking targets and hopes to shake up his squad with as many as five new faces in the coming days.
He said: “We’ve failed to score in four of our five games and that’s obviously not something we can allow to continue.
“All three of our defeats have been by a 1-0 scoreline and there is no doubt in my mind we should have got at least a point out of those games.
“We need the players to create and put away chances in such tight games.
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“We like style, but now we need substance. That means players you bring pace, power and pedigree at this level of football.
“That doesn’t mean we’re going to drastically change the way we play. It’s just a case of ensuring we have the right people in the right areas of the pitch.
“I’ve already spoken to a couple of lads and have also made seven-day approaches for others.
“In an ideal world we will have four or five new players coming in with the same number going out.
“There is going to be a transition period during the next week to 10 days and we will be stronger for it.
“We’ve only conceded four times in five games which is by no means a disgrace. There are no major issues defensively - it’s at the another end of the pitch where our problems have lied so far.”
Clements remained tight-lipped about potential targets, but he is known to have made a move for St Ives Town winger Ben Seymour-Shove.
Wideman Claudio Ofosu and defender Taylor Parr are the only Saints players to score this season.
Saints were without summer striking signing Lewis Irwin and last season’s top-scorer Dylan Williams for both games over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Clements was heartened by a battling point at King’s Lynn, but described his side as ‘lacklustre’ in their defeat to AFC Rushden & Diamonds.