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Canterbury City sign Bearsted striker Luke Burdon as manager Clive Cook hints at more arrivals

Canterbury City boss Clive Cook remains on the lookout for reinforcements in a bid to stay in the Southern Counties East promotion hunt.

He has signed striker Luke Burdon from Bearsted to complement the likes of Dean Grant and Matt Day up top.

“He’s a local lad from Ashford, he’ll score goals, he’s got pace,” said Cook.

Canterbury City manager Clive Cook
Canterbury City manager Clive Cook

“When you bring players in you feel that they can do something for you and I think he will do very well.

“He’s got a red-card ban so he won’t be showing up for a couple of weeks.”

Cook added: “I’m in the market for a couple of areas where we aren’t quite hitting where we should be.

“I’m in talks now with a couple of players. It will be a case of players coming in and then others going out, that’s the way it is.”

Cook admits he was disappointed with Saturday’s 1-1 draw against bottom club Punjab, deeming it a must-win contest for any team hoping to challenge at the top of the table.

“Definitely two points dropped,” he explained.

“We had a very good first half, we were dominant and it could have been a lot more than one.

“The only way we could see them getting anything was by our own mistakes.

“I was very disappointed with that result, second half we just didn't come out, it's a learning curve.

“No disrespect to them but if we want to do anything we must put games to bed early doors, we should beat teams like that.

“I don't feel it's a setback, it's this league. You don't know what you'll come up against.

“There's no game you walk into and know what you're going to get, there are some very good sides all in their own right.

“Would I have taken 18 points at the start of the season? No. I think we're shy of where we should be.”

This followed up a 4-1 defeat to Glebe in the cup on Wednesday, in which a rotated City side found itself 4-0 down after just 14 minutes.

“I wasn't really bothered to be honest, I just wanted to try a few things and a few players," added Cook.

“We rested five so I'm not looking into that one too much, everyone wants to win every game but there are a lot of cup games.”

City, fourth in the table, travel to Hollands & Blair on Saturday.

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