Bristow recruits 'poacher' Williams

First published in Sport Basingstoke Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Reporter

BASINGSTOKE Town manager Jason Bristow has bolstered his attacking options by signing former Maidenhead, Woking and Havant striker Manny Williams.

Williams has joined the club on a non-contract basis, having spent the start of this season at Hayes and Yeading United, who Town come up against on Saturday.

The 31-year-old made his name with Maidenhead, scoring 30 goals over the course of the 2007-08 season, earning a move to Woking at the end of the campaign.

He changed clubs again the following summer, moving to Havant and Waterlooville. Williams spent two seasons in south Hampshire, scoring 24 goals in his first year, so he has plenty of experience in the Blue Square Bet South.

Bristow said: “Manny has had a lot of clubs but he has scored wherever he’s been. Hopefully he can repeat that here.

“He’s an excellent striker and a good finisher. He is somebody that I played against so I know what he is about. Scoring goals has been a bit of a problem in the last few weeks so it’s nice to have another option.”

Williams is something of a ‘fox in the box’. He’s unlikely to work the channels and create chances, concentrating more on being at the right place at the right time to score goals.

“He’s a bit of a poacher,” Bristow added. “His movement is good and he knows where the goal is.

“We have got players who create things and do good work in the build-up but Manny’s the sort of guy who will hopefully nick a few goals.”

With Tim Sills and Delano Sam-Yorke established as Town’s first choice front two, it may be that Williams has to settle for a place on the bench to start with – but Bristow is not ruling out playing all three strikers together.

“There’s going to be games where we play 4-3-3, so they could all play together,” the Town boss said. “It’s something to look at but we will take it game by game.”

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