SCOTT Fenwick is hoping his strike partnership with Rakish Bingham will be given time to flourish after the pair “clicked” straight away.
The 24-year-old former Dunston UTS star has become good friends with the Mansfield Town loanee off the pitch and they struck up a promising relationship on it too with the pair both scoring against Cheltenham Town last weekend.
It was their first start together, Fenwick being brought back into the side by manager Ronnie Moore.
Fenwick says he thrives playing alongside someone with pace to burn and 21-year-old Bingham certainly fits into that category.
With Marlon Harewood back from a three-match suspension and Moore still desperately trying to add another striker to his ranks, there are no guarantees Fenwick and Bingham will start away to Shrewsbury Town tomorrow.
But Fenwick is hoping that is the case.
“Me and Rash have hit it off, me him and Tish [Aaron Tshibola],” Fenwick said.
“Even though we are young lads we need to learn quickly and get a partnership going and with a goal each against Cheltenham I’m sure the gaffer was pleased with us.
“Marlon has been in the background a lot, helping and giving advice and he tells you where to be and he has been very encouraging.
“It didn’t work out for me and Joe [Ironside] against Morecambe because we never really clicked.
“But Rakish is lightning and that is the type of player I like around me.
“I have always had someone around me with pace, even in non-league.
“It is either slide him in or get it out wide and I get in the box.
“We have clicked well on the training ground and got an understanding straight away.
“Last week we had an 11 versus 11 training match and our side won 4-0, I got three and he got one – that was the first time we’d played together,” added Fenwick, who has two goals to his name so far this season.
If given the nod, Fenwick – who is more used to competing at the right end of the table in his non-league days – is desperate to build on last week’s win away at Shrewsbury Town tomorrow.
He added: “Every game is a tough one – especially in the situation we are in – but there are a lot of winnable games left.
“We have narrowed the gap down and we need to develop and kick-on.
“We need to work hard on things on the training ground, see how we will set up and show that passion that we showed against Cheltenham.
“I think we will come away with something if we do that.
“We had a rollicking off the gaffer because we need to believe in each other more.
“If we all have that winning mentality and show that belief then there is no reason why we can’t.
“I have never been used to a scrap before.
“I am used to being at the top end, albeit further down the leagues, but if every player puts in a shift and shows aggression we won’t lose many games.”