Brackley Town boss Jon Brady has snapped up Dean Snedker as he looks to make sure his side stay clear of the Vanarama Conference North relegation zone.
The young keeper, who spent time on-loan at St James Park earlier in the season, was released by Northampton Town on Tuesday and Brady moved quickly to sign him on a permanent basis.
Brady said: “Dean [Snedker] did very well when he was with us earlier and with the March deadline coming up we needed to get some cover.
“Billy Turley cannot play every week with his back problems. He came out of retirement to help us out and has been fantastic for us, Dan Farrell has done very well when he’s come in but he’s still very young.”
Saints entertain Stockport County on Saturday and Brady knows his side must find some consistency if they are to reach his 50 points target.
Brady saw Saints lose 4-1 at play-off contenders Hednesford Town last weekend in a game that was in the balance until the final minutes.
Steve Diggin and Adam Thomas spurned good chances for the Pitmen before Ryan Rowe gave Saints a tenth minute lead, planting his header from Greg Kaziboni’s pin-point cross past Dan Crane.
But, as so often this season, the lead was short-lived and the Pitmen equalised in the 14th minute when the ball was bundled over the line by an offside-looking Marvin Martin after good work on the left by Jamey Osborne.
Robinson’s acrobatic overhead kick crashed onto the bar as Hednesford enjoyed the better first half chances but could not find the second goal.
Rowe was unable to capitalise on two good opportunities after the restart before Tom Thorley’s shot was saved by Billy Turley and Robinson stole in only to head wide.
With the clock ticking on, the game appeared to be heading for a stalemate but in the 82nd minute Saints failed to clear after a goalmouth scramble and substitute Nick Rushton squeezed his shot home.
Seven minutes later Rushton rounded Turley to be greeted by an unguarded net. And in stoppage-time Osborne judged the flight of his 45 yard effort to perfection, the ball sailing over Turley.
Brady said: “The players are giving me everything but their decision making is still costing us late on in games.
“I want us to get 14 points from our remaining ten games because I still think we can reach our 50-point target but I will settle for 12 which should be enough.
“It’s going to be tight and I’ve told the players that consistency is the key to success, at all levels.”