FRONTMAN Junior Mendes is peaking at just the right time for Town's Coca-Cola League I kick-off.
That's the view of manager Peter Jackson, who again partners his summer strike signing with Andy Booth in tomorrow's final first-team friendly against Macclesfield at Moss Rose (1.00).
The 28-year-old has failed to find the net so far, but Jackson was delighted with his contribution in the 2-0 victory against Rotherham at Millmoor and believes the ex-Mansfield paceman is primed to make a big impact at exactly the right time.
"Junior and Boothy gelled really well, with Andy winning all the headers against Rotherham and Junior getting behind them using his pace and strength," said Jackson, who has Danny Schofield (groin) fit to face Brian Horton's League II side.
"I've been really pleased with Boothy so far and the only thing missing from Junior now is a goal, because his workrate and tracking back has been excellent."
Mindful that Jon Newby scored for fun last pre-season before drying up when it really mattered, Jackson added:
"Strikers are judged on goals and I've no doubt Junior is going to do the business in his career as a Town player.
"He was desperately unlucky not to notch at least one against Rotherham, testing the keeper with a terrific shot in the first half and two more in the second.
"Like Chris Brandon, Junior is enjoying himself with the club, he has settled in really well and the goals will come.
"If he gets one tomorrow then great, but the only thing that's really important is that Junior is on the scoresheet from a week tomorrow onwards."
Ex-Hull keeper Alan Fettis seems likely to be in the firing line tomorrow for a Macclesfield side who also feature Wayne Rooney's cousin, Thomas, who has been signed on a free from Tranmere.
"We have received a lot of praise from people in the game for our performance at Rotherham and rightly so," added Jackson.
"They were impressed by our fitness and strength, by our overall organisation and by our fluent passing and it would be great to just continue with that form."
All 22 squad members will travel and they will take part in a training session on the pitch afterwards.