Largs Thistle manager Stuart Davidson is again searching a new striker after the sudden departure of new signing Liam Coogans.


Thistle have had a lack of firepower upfront this season as the club looks to recover from the loss of star striker Will Sewell to Stenhousemuir in the close season after he notched 41 goals last season.
They were always going to be big boots to fill but Largs have largely had to get their goals from defenders and midfielders such as Craig Forbes who came to Thistle's rescue on Saturday with a brace of goals.
Coogans has signed for Gartcairn after requiring a club closer to home due to personal issues - he notched one goal in the league against Rob Roy.
Scott Adam is injured and awaiting a knee operation, and the Barrfields side's only other striker is Scott Lewis who is still suspended for another two games - with other players having to step up to the mark and get the goals this season. A
It is a pressing concern for manager Stuart Davidson whose squad is threadbare with only a few youngsters on the bench in terms of outfield players - with injuries now playing their part with Sean McLeod likely to be out for the coming weeks after being carried off on Saturday in Thistle's well earned point at Hurlford.
Free kick dangerman Lewis Davidson has a hamstring injury after having to leave the field on Saturday to be replaced by Simon McBryde against Hurlford United
Largs now face Irvine Meadow away on Saturday who have a new manager in charge - George Grierson - after a recent change in their ranks, and Thistle boss Davidson expects another tough away trip.
Davidson said: "We are now quite short squad wise - we had to release Liam Coogans as there were a few things in his personal life he had to sort and he needed to move to a team closer to home.
"We are needing a couple of players as we are really quite short and we need to strengthen - a lot of it is down to budgets and the climate of prices other teams are asking for and the wages players are wanting.
"We need strikers - we have Alan Frizzell as a forward who puts in a good shift but we are asking a lot of him.
"Although we need to strengthen it is easier said than done but we will keep looking as we need competition in the squad."
Looking back on the drama-filled 2-2 encounter with Hurlford, Davidson said: "I was disappointed not to get the win on Saturday but at the same time I was happy not to lose which we came close to doing so it was a very valuable point on the road against a good side.
"Even when Hurlford were down to ten men we knew it would be difficult as they sought to protect their lead in the second half.
"On another day we would have scored another few goals but I was pleased that right till the very end we never gave up and we got something out of the game."
"Although Sean took a sore one and had to come off the good news is it is not as serious as first feared although he is still in a bit of pain and I think he will be struggling for this week."
"The Hurlford keeper had a good few saves including a one on one that Laurie McMaster had in the second half and we hit the woodwork twice before having the goal chopped off which I couldn't understand why it was not given.
"Laurie McMaster crossed it and Simon McBryde ran across the front but missed the ball and the linesman said that McBryde was off but it looked a very tight decision."
"We were getting into good areas but our final option was costing us and we need to improve our decision making in the last third of the park.""
"After getting our win against Cumnock, I was pleased with the good response too against Hurlford - we only had 13 outfield players in the squad with three of the players 18 and 19.
"It was disappointing to be cut open so quickly for Hurlford to go 2-1 up - the ball did take a terrible bounce which caught us out. The first goal from a corner we switched off to a free header.
"It was great to see Craig Forbes pop up with both goals.
"The first goal was a good cross from Lewis Davidson and a great front flick with Craig arriving in the box, and I was not surprised by his second goal as he has been pushing himself to get into the box and get on the end of headers and that one was a cracker."
"Irvine went out of the Scottish Cup to Petershill and they will be smarting about that and will be looking for a big response - so we will need to put in another hard working performance and go down there all guns blazing and looking for victory."
*Other West of Scotland Premier League results: Glenafton 0 Troon 1; Arthurlie 0 Cambuslang 3; Beith 0 Rob Roy 3.
* It was a third win on the bounce for Largs Thistle Amateurs with a 7-5 win in the West of Scotland Cup over Glebe Hibernian - goalscorers were Glen McTaggart x2, Jamie McLaren x2, Dale Robson, Scott Cameron and Fraser Russell.
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