MANAGER Peter Jackson believes Andy Booth and Jon Stead are becoming the best strike partnership in Division III as Town hunt a fifth straight win against Torquay at the McAlpine on Saturday.
Stead goes into the game on the back of nine goals this season and a divisional Player of the Month Award while Booth has bagged three goals in the last four games and hit top form.
Both will need to be at their productive best against Leroy Rosenior's side, who have lost just once in seven matches and are fifth in the table, two points above Town.
"Boothy's reputation has been built over a decade in which he has played at the highest level, but he is doing superbly for the team at the moment and I'm delighted with him," said Jackson, who reported skipper Rob Edwards was "sore but feeling fine" after his hip operation yesterday.
"Andy is among the goals, he is causing all sorts of problems for opposition defences with his power and aerial ability and he is taking a lot of pressure off young Jonathan.
"Jon is getting all the headlines and rightly so after a marvellous start to the season in which he is scoring goals from everywhere and showing real aggression.
"As a pair, I don't think there is a single team who would look forward to taking them on right now and, when the service is right, I can't think of a better strike partnership around.
"They and the rest of the lads are going into Saturday's game full of confidence and we know we need to perform, because this will be our hardest home game of the season so far.
"We need to go about our work as we have been doing in this four-match winning run and we will need the fans to do their bit as well with plenty of loud vocal backing right through the game."
Edwards had surgery yesterday while Jackson watched the Reserves gain a 1-1 draw against Sheffield United at Saltergate.
"United have no match this weekend, so they fielded a strong side and our lads did really well against them," said Jackson, who saw Dwayne Mattis score a cracking goal.
"It was difficult in the windy conditions, but the thing I was most pleased about was the whole attitude of the lads."
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