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Two new attacking signings featured in the St Neots Town side on Saturday that won 2-1 at Bishop`s Stortford in the Evo-Stik League South Premier.

Nabil Shariff and Lewis Irwin both started in place of Tom Meechan, whose loan spell from Vanarama National League South side Hungerford Town had expired, and the injured Dylan Williams.

Shariff was snapped up from National League North outfit Alfreton Town, while teenager Irwin arrived on loan from SkyBet League One club Northmpton Town.

It was a case of patience paying off in the case of the former.

Saints chief Matt Clements failed in a bid to land Shariff when he was with AFC Rushden & Diamonds earlier in the season, but succeeded in landing his man on this occasion.

“Nabil fits into what we’re about,” Clements told his club`s official website. “He’s creative and he has an eye for goal.

“He has a proven record of putting the ball in the back of the net throughout his career and he has the pace and ability to play in a variety of attacking positions.”

Sharif failed to find the net in his short stint at Alfreton, but struck 14 times in eighteen appearances for Diamonds earlier in the campaign.

Irwin has been a big hit in youth football at Northampton and recently had a brief spell at Step 4 side Corby Town.

“I’ve heard really good things about Lewis,” continued Clements. “I’ve spoken to a few people connected to Northampton and they all speak highly of him.

“He is a big and powerful lad, but also quick and able to run in behind.

“Lewis scores a lot of goals at youth level and Northampton feel the time is right for him to play more senior football.

“Hopefully things will work out well and we can keep hold of him as long as possible.”

Shariff`s Saints career started well as he notched the 65th minute winner at the ProKit UK Stadium.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds.

Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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