THE Predatory prowess of Rob Bordman is well known at Evo-Stik First Division North level – and Eric Gilchrist is hoping his arrival will represent the turning point in Ossett Albion’s goal-shy season.
Bordman, whose brother David is a former Albion player, has joined the club from neighbours Ossett Town and is line to make his full debut in tonight’s home clash with divisional big guns Salford City, who lie second.
The striker fired 29 goals in 30 league games for relegated Wakefield last term and has now been assigned with re-lighting Albion’s goalscoring fires, starting with tonight’s game against Salford, who were linked with him in the summer.
Fourth-from-bottom Albion head into the game on the back of a sequence of six defeats in their last seven matches in all competitions, with their latest loss coming on Saturday when they went down 1-0 at Northwich.
Number two Gilchrist believes Albion have not been getting too much wrong, with their main area for improvement being at the business end.
He said: “For us, it is about finding goals and Bordy has a proven track record of doing that. We are just hoping to get him up and running.
“It is down to us really to get him in the right positions because with the right sort of service, he will stick the ball in the back of the net.
“Hopefully, his arrival might be a turning point for us.
“What is happening is that we have been on top in some games and done really well, but have not scored and got done by a sucker punch at the other end.
“There have been stages where we have thought: ‘How are we going to get a goal to get back in this?’ and that is why we have lost so many games by the odd goal to the likes of Brighouse, Bamber Bridge and on Saturday.
“The other thing that has been a problem has been injuries. We brought Nicky Matthews in and he has been out for quite a few games and Luke Richardson has been unavailable and they are two key players.
“Adam Jones, who did really well for us in the early part of the season, has also been suspended and it has all stretched us a little bit.”
Tonight’s test against Salford is a toughie with the club under the part control of famous members of Manchester United’s Class of 92, including Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Gary and Phil Neville and Nicky Butt.
Despite the visitors prowess, Gilchrist believes Salford have a number of peers who are just as good and rates one side as being their superiors.
He said: “I suspect that they are spending quite a substantial amount of money, to be fair.
“I know they had a pre-season friendly (against a Class of 92 XI) and got 11,000 in and with that, they probably got their budget for the season anyway.
“They are a decent side, although I have got to say that they are not the best we have played so far.
“They are one of the better sides, but I don’t think they are as good as Spennymoor.
“I think this is the strongest Division One since we first came back into the league many years ago when there were the likes of North Ferriby, Ashton, Harrogate Town and Farsley all doing really well.
“Strength in depth wise, there are probably six or seven teams who could win this league with the resources they are putting in.
“You look at the likes of Darlington, Spennymoor, Salford and Droylsden and a fair few are up there, while Warrington are spending a fortune and have also got to the first round of the FA Cup. It’s a tough division.”
Elsewhere tonight, Harrogate Rail visit Clitheroe and in the Premier, Frickley visit Matlock.
Goole entertain Carlton in the First Division South.
NCEL Premier action sees Thackley travel to fellow strugglers Armthorpe, while Garforth host Barton Town and Liversedge entertain Glasshoughton.
Guiseley make the trip to Selby Town in the second round of the West Riding County Cup. Brighouse visit Silsden.