Cunningham keen to keep forwards firing

Danny Boyle has 20 goals so far this season
Danny Boyle has 20 goals so far this season
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Colne boss Steve Cunningham has stressed the importance of keeping his strikers firing in the club’s pursuit of landing the NWC Premier Division title.

Danny Boyle and Jason Hart have netted 38 goals between them in all competitions with 31 of those coming in 19 league games.

The pair, who are just behind Runcorn Town’s Paul Shanley and AFC Liverpool’s Ryan Cox in the goalscoring charts, have helped the Reds set the division alive.

“They’re massive for us,” said Cunningham. “We need them to keep going and scoring in the big games too.

“I’ve been doing 30 minutes with them in training, shooting drills, and they’ve been frightening. It’s important to keep them fit.”

However, Cunningham doesn’t want to pile the pressure on his prolific pair.

While Kenny Taylor, Spencer Jordan and Ben Hoskin have also chipped in with the goals, the XLCR Stadium boss is hoping to add another striker to the ranks.

“I don’t want the burden to be on them,” he said. “We’ve got goals coming from other areas of the pitch as well which has been really impressive but I’m trying to bring in another centre forward. It’s important that we have a Plan B.”

He added: “They’ve been indispensible to us so far. They’ve scored goals but they’ve worked well as a partnership and within the team as well.

“They’ve got a great understanding of each other’s games and they’ve been absolutely superb to watch.

“Having that firepower up front always gives you that edge in games. They’ve got pace, great technical ability and they know where the net is so they are a manager’s dream.”

The Reds, who have netted 77 goals in 28 outings at an average of 2.75 per game, travel to the Barton Stadium tomorrow to tackle Winsford United.

The two teams met on the opening day of the season as Colne ran out 6-2 winners as Hart scored four times.

“It’ll be a tough game away at Winsford,” Cunningham said. “They’ve had some strange results recently and they’ve got a new manager (Rob Byrne).

“If we go in to the game with the right attitude then we should win the game. They got hammered by Runcorn Linnets recently and we need to be doing the same.”

Cunningham, who will be without Mark Young for the trip to Cheshire due to suspension, added: “That first game of the season feels like a long time ago now.

“We set the league alight that day, stamped our authority on it, and showed that we were genuine title contenders.

“It’s been really frustrating with all the postponements because we haven’t been able to get any momentum going. We are so hungry to win games and seal that title but we’ve been hampered.

“It’s still in our hands and we’ve got an opportunity to capitalise this weekend. The leaders have a tough game away at Cammell Laird and Atherton Collieries have a tough game away at Congleton. We need to take advantage.”