John Clarkson checks out available front men
Tiverton Town manager John Clarkson has admitted he is keeping his eyes open for another forward as he looks to bolster his striking options at Ladysmead.
Clarkson – who takes his side to Cinderford Town tonight for a Southern League Division One South and West fixture – handed a debut to Canadian striker Maksym Kowal in last Saturday's 1-0 FA Trophy preliminary round victory over the same opponents, having signed the front man from Barnstaple Town last week.
Former Tivvy forward Paul Wyatt was also added to the ranks last month to support Matt Wright up front, while recent interest in Bideford forward Owen Howe and former Exeter City striker Ben Watson came to nothing.
Clarkson has said he is more than satisfied with his current crop of strikers – particularly after Kowal's encouraging debut – but he added that he will always take the chance to strengthen his squad.
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"We tried to boost our forward line," Clarkson said. "We were talking to Ben Watson but he moved for really big bucks down to Truro – and I mean really big bucks.
"We are still keeping our eyes open. If someone comes along then we will have a look at them, but this group of boys are doing fine at the moment."
Kowal played college soccer in the United States with Tivvy goalkeeper Jon Viscosi before he too tried his luck in England. "I think Max will score a few," Clarkson said. "He had a really good first game. 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 [Viscosi]."
One player who is on his way to Ladysmead is former Yeovil Town youngster Lewis Morgan. The midfielder has joined the exodus from financially troubled Dorchester Town.
Watson and centre-back Arran Pugh have moved to Truro from the Magpies, who have also parted company with former Truro and Bideford goalkeeper Tim Sandercombe.
Bideford will be without a fixture in the Southern League Premier Division on Saturday, because Hinckley United have gone out of business.
After months of speculation following financial problems, the Leicestershire outfit were officially wound up at Birmingham High Court yesterday.
Bideford have a home League game this evening, against Chippenham Town.