Hitman Harrold can net 30 goals, says Whittlesey Athletic boss Andy Lodge

Whittlesey Athletic boss Andy Lodge. Picture: Andrew Hazelden

Whittlesey Athletic boss Andy Lodge. Picture: Andrew Hazelden - Credit: Archant

Whittlesey Athletic boss Andy Lodge is backing veteran striker Liam Harrold to hit an ambitious United Counties League Division One goal target.

The 35-year-old frontman scored for the second successive match when grabbing Whittlesey’s winner in a 2-1 triumph at Buckingham Town last Saturday.

Harrold struck just before the hour as Lodge’s men completed a comeback started by an Adam Piergianni leveller after being behind early on.

Lodge said: “Liam is confident he can get to 30 goals this season if avoiding injuries – and I certainly wouldn’t bet against him doing it.

“His finishing is different class and there is no-one else I would want a chance to fall to in the box.

“He looks fitter than he has ever done and the football at this level, with more quality and a quicker tempo, suits him.

“He might not run channels, but he has great hold-up play and will put the ball in the back of the net.”

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The win at Buckingham lifted Whittlesey to fourth place in the standings as they smoothly settle into life at Step 6 level. They have two more away tests in the coming days with a visit to lowly Burton Park Wanderers tomorrow followed by a Tuesday trip to Raunds.

Lodge added: “We had to graft at Buckingham and there will be a lot of games like that this season.

“It wasn’t pretty but you have to earn every goal and point in this league.”