Daventry Town have completed the signing of Connor Deards on loan from Redditch Town, and the striker is expected to play at Beaconsfield on Saturday.
Town were 1-0 winners at Fleet Town last weekend, a result that has enhanced their big to reach the Southern League Division One Central play-off places.
They are now five points off seventh-placed Guildford but have two games in hand, and manager Darran Foster is confident the arrival of Deards will increase the club’s chances of being involved in the promotion picture.
“He’s a pacy player and he’s got a little bit of trickery about him as well,” said Foster. “He’ll be our box man.
“He can make goals from nothing and I’m really pleased to have brought him in.”
Foster was quick to praise his team’s defensive performance in the win at Fleet but has been in the market for a centre-forward for some time.
The club brought in Ashley Robinson a year ago and have former Northampton Town trainee Scott Cross on the books but the manager wanted to bring in a player capable of finishing off the numerous chances his side is creating.
“We have needed some firepower,” said Foster, whose team follow the game against Beaconsfield with the Boxing Day derby against rock bottom Woodford United at Communications Park.
“You look at the game at Fleet Town and it was really pleasing to win there but our goal came from Kyle Cartwright, who’s a centre-back.
“We signed Ash Robinson and he gives us a different dimension in attack but he’s really more of a target man, and Scott Cross started the season really well but is more of a workmanlike striker.
“So it was important to sign someone. We’re creating lots of chances and not taking them and that’s always risky because other teams will always push you and they don’t need many chances to score.”
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