Head coach Gary Owers says that whoever he signs to try and solve Torquay United’s goalscoring problems will be under pressure to deliver without delay.

Owers, who quashed rumours that he might be trailing former England centre-forward Rickie Lambert this week, is hoping to strengthen his attack before the Gulls travel to National League newcomers AFC Fylde on Saturday.

One-from-bottom, United are the joint-lowest scorers in the division, with 17 goals from 19 games, while Fylde boast a striker, Danny Rowe, who has just scored his 128th goal in a little over three years.

Owers was due to run the rule over at least two trialist forwards in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Cheltenham Town yesterday, and he has also made an approach for another striker at a rival National League club.

He acknowledged: “When I sign someone, he will be under a bit of pressure straight away.

“But he’ll have to deal with that. It goes with the territory at the minute.”

In the wake of the Lambert speculation, Owers also stressed: “It’s not going to be a ‘marquee’ signing. “I don’t want to be in the paper talking about money all the time, and I won’t be, but people have to be realistic about the situation.”

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