Date: 23rd August 2017 at 12:40pm
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Striker Jon Parkin was expected to be available for the weekend visit to Southport but isn’t guaranteed an instant recall.

The 35-year-old missed the previous three games with a calf problem and his direct replacement Michael Rankine responded by scoring twice during the latest victory against Nuneaton Town.

“The way Ranks has been playing and having scored two goals at the weekend, Jon has been in the game long enough and knows that, even if he is fit on Saturday, it does not mean he will play,” manager Gary Mills told The Press. “For myself, to have a goalscorer like Jon on the bench or somebody like Ranks, is good news.

“Ranks’ hunger has been nice to see for somebody of his age who has spent two seasons away from full-time football,” he continued. “He wants to play and get the club back to where we should be and want to be. He’s also getting fitter and full-time training is making him stronger again.”

Meanwhile, Mills has already set goal-targets for the five most advanced players in his line-up over the course of the season, namely the three strikers [Parkin or Rankine/Amari Morgan-Smith/Louis Almond] and two more attacking midfielders [Simon Heslop/Sean Newton].

“With the system we’re playing, I think there are 15 to 20 goals to be had for the three up front and between 10 and 15 for the attacking midfielders,” he added.

Leading Goalscorers: Simon Heslop 2, Amari Morgan-Smith 2, Sean Newton 2, Michael Rankine 2, Jon Parkin 1, Daniel Parslow 1, OG 1

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