Clarkson encouraged by best display so far
TIVERTON Town head into Saturday's match at home to Stratford Town buoyed by what manager John Clarkson described as their best performance of the season.
Tivvy put Cinderford Town to the sword on Tuesday night, with Matt Wright scoring both goals in the second half in a dominant Tivvy display.
The win keeps Tivvy seventh, while visitors Stratford are lurking two places behind them.
But Clarkson feels the nature of Tuesday's win means the Yellows can approach the game in confident fashion.
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"A fair result would have been about seven or eight – it was our best display all season," he said.
"In the first half we had six or seven chances – and they were good, clear chances – but we hit the inside of the post, missed open goals, and went in 0-0 at half-time.
"In the second half, Krac hit the post, then it hit the other post and came out and I was thinking it was going to be the same again.
"Fortunately, we managed to score twice and it was comfortable.
"We passed, we moved, we created – it really was top drawer and the best we have played all season.
"I spoke to their manager after their game and he agreed we should have been four or five up at half time and I told him it was the best we had played all season."
The double was also timely from Wright's point of view, with Clarkson stating earlier in the week that he was on the lookout for another striker.
That admission came despite the addition of Canadian Max Kowal from Barnstaple Town.
The striker, who previously played football with shotstopper Jon Viscosi in New York, enjoyed a promising debut in the 1-0 FA Trophy win over Cinderford on Saturday at Ladysmead.
Former Yellows forward Paul Wyatt was also added to the ranks last month to support Matt Wright up front, while recent interest in Bideford hitman Owen Howe and former Exeter City striker Ben Watson came to nothing.
And Clarkson confirmed in the wake of the midweek victory that, although it was not an urgent priority, he was always on the lookout to improve his strikeforce.
"Sooner or later, if someone comes up who is better than we've got or we feel they can do a job for us then we will make a move for them – you never really close the door completely," said Clarkson.
"We are still keeping our eyes open – if someone comes along then we will have a look at them.
"There are a lot of players who still want to move but it is early doors. Someone will come along, but this group of boys are doing fine at the moment.
"We tried to boost our forward line before. We were talking to Ben Watson but he moved for really big bucks down to Truro – and I mean really big bucks."
"I think Max will score a few," he added. "He had a really good first game and did well. He also got a black eye which was a nice welcome to football at Southern League level.
"It takes time when you come in and it is difficult because you don't really know anybody. The only person he knew in there was Jon."
One signing that has been completed is that of 19-year-old former Yeovil Town midfielder Lewis Morgan.
Tivvy are also awaiting international clearance for former Torquay United player Ed Palmer following his return from Australia.
Tivvy's win over the Foresters on Tuesday was certainly more comfortable than Saturday's lacklustre encounter.
The Yellows gradually asserted themselves as the first half wore on, but both sides struggled to fashion any clear-cut chances.
Shane Krac missed the only real opening as he slalomed his way through on goal only to tamely side-foot his effort wide.
The hosts began the second half brightly and Jules Emati-Emati poached what eventually proved to be the winner by stabbing home on the goalline five minutes after the break.
Cinderford keeper Alex Harris successfully charge down Adam Kelly's lob, before Viscosi produced a fine save from Simon Prangley to book a home tie against Truro City on Saturday, October 19.