Barnoldswick Town boss Stewart Airdrie feels the club are getting the best out of striker Joe Gaughan.
Town’s leading scorer has netted 13 times this season, including hat-tricks against AFC Darwen in the league and Harrogate Railway Athletic in the West Riding County Cup, since moving to the Silentnight Stadium following a stint in New Zealand.
Gaughan’s goals, coupled with the 11 scored by Mark Threlfall, have helped the club climb in to the top 10 of the North West Counties Premier Division and they have games in hand on the majority of the teams above.
“He’s been a really good find for us,” said Airdrie. “He was playing in New Zealand and he was scoring a lot of goals.
“He’s a Keighley lad and we’re pleased to have him with us. We’ve managed him very well and we’ve got him enjoying his football again.
“He’s settled in well and we’re certainly getting the best out of him. He’s very attacking, direct, he can go in behind and go short.
“He’s a very clever footballer, reads the game well, links up well and has a great understanding with his team-mates. He’s scored some great goals for us.”
Town have seen games against Abbey Hey, Ashton Athletic and AFC Blackpool washed out and Airdrie is predicting a similar out come for tomorrow’s fixture against Congleton Town on home soil should the deluge fail to ease.
“It’s been a nightmare for us,” he said. “We picked up a very good win against Harrogate Railway Athletic, we’d started playing well and confidence was sky high but we haven’t been able to build on that since. It’s been a bit limited recently.
“The pitch looks lovely from the sidelines but you lose your foot the second that you stand on it. If the rain stops we’ll be good to go.
“The ground staff are working hard but at this rate there’ll be a pitch inspection on the morning of the game.
“We were just getting back to our best so it’s frustrating that we haven’t played.
“There’s a lot of teams above us that have played more games so a couple of wins would push us in to the top six. We’ve had a bit of a slump but we’re not a million miles away.”