DOVER boss Steve Browne was unable to sign a striker ahead of tomorrow’s vital match at Northwood.

The Whites boss, short of options up front, has been working hard all week to snap up a prolific forward but to no avail.

He said: “I’ve been to games this week scouting strikers and spoke to Tony Boot at Dagenham. He didn’t fancy coming down to play for us and it’s proving difficult to get the right player down.

“Hopefully he’ll regret not coming to us. Players look at our league position and just don’t fancy walking into a relegation dogfight. But we need players who are up for it and I’m going to work hard to get the right man to the club.

“We want to sign two strikers really. I have been in touch with Bob Makin, chief executive at Stevenage, and they have told me Jo Flack and Jermaine Hunter are available. However, they are both needed by Stevenage tomorrow. They are still targets for me though .”

Browne has been told by Jim Parmenter that he is getting a chance to stay on as manager at the club. And the Dover boss is only too aware what could happen if he fails to keep Dover in the Ryman League Premier Division.

But he said: “It’s about results and talk from me is cheap. I’m fed up with talking and want to get this team winning. I feel like a weight has been taken off my shoulders since talking to Jim and now that the takeover of the club has been completed.

“These are now exciting times for Dover Athletic and it seems that the club is now in safe hands. That makes my job much easier and I want us all to pull in the right direction.

“We know that wins are the only way out now. I’d say we’ve got to get three or four straight wins together to give ourselves a chance of getting out of this hole. It can be done.

“But we have to do it – not talk about it.”