Striker Nabil Shariff has returned to St Neots Town.

The frontman scored 14 goals during a successful spell with the club last season before departing for Southern League Premier Division Central rivals Stratford Town this summer.

But boss Matt Clements is delighted that Shariff is now back in Saints' colours ahead of their trip to Banbury tomorrow, 3pm.

Clements said: “Nabil is a proven goal scorer and respected in our dressing room.

“We haven't hit the ground running in front of goal so it makes perfect sense to bring him back to the club.

“We never wanted Nabil to leave but we respected the choice he made.

“Sometimes things don't work out football and that's why you don't burn your bridges.

“We're glad and excited that Nabil has chosen to come back.”

Shariff's return will provide a boost to a Saints' side who have been seriously short of goals so far this season.

They have only found the net three times in their opening six league games this term - and have recorded only one win to date.

But they have fared better in the past 10 days when scoring two goals in both Southern League Challenge Cup and FA Cup wins.

New assistant boss Jack Cassidy will be in the Saints' dugout for the first time tomorrow after replacing Matt Haniver, who has landed a job with the Juventus academy operation in Saudi Arabia.