NEIL SHIPPERLEY was left wishing he was better connected to more footballing legends following North Greenford’s defeat to Chalfont St Peter on Saturday.
Former England and Wimbledon keeper Dave Beasant answered an emergency call from the United boss to turn out in the season curtain-raiser against the Saints in place of the suspended Lee Pearce, but was unable to stop them going down 2-0.
In the aftermath of the defeat Shipperley admitted his problems lay in scoring goals at the other end of the pitch.
But it seems the former Brentford man does not have any fellow members of the striker’s union in his little black book.
He said: “I thought we defended fantastically well first half and I didn’t think we deserved to be 1-0 down. The free-kick for the second goal I didn’t think was a foul, but then we still have to deal with it.
“The thing was did we really look like we were going to score a goal and not really is the answer to that, but everyone wants a goal-scorer or two.
“There is no budget and I’m not that pally with Alan Shearer I’m sorry to say, but we will have a good go and that is all we can ask of our boys.”
Shipperley is under no illusions about the struggle ahead, but insists his side will play positively in the quest for points.
He added: “All I tell my lads is respect the other team, but don’t fear them because you have got to have that attitude.
“So we will try not to start playing 4-5-1 formations because we want to have a proper go at teams.”
For more on Beasant’s one-off performance and news of Tuesday night’s game at Royston, see Friday's Gazette.