NORTHWICH Victoria have bolstered their options in attack after the addition of a striker that scored against them last season.

Joel Brownhill’s double for Ashton Athletic in a North West Counties League fixture in February proved decisive.

However the front-man, no stranger to Wincham Park following a brief spell with Witton Albion three years ago, had been on the radar of manager Steve Wilkes before then.

And no wonder; he went on to net 27 goals for the Lancashire club in all competitions last season.

“I’ve tried to sign him twice before!” said Wilkes.

“I’m pleased to finally have a chance to work with Joel; he’s got a great work ethic and knows where the back of the net is.”

He is likely be paired up front with Brian Matthews, who the club say has agreed to stay next season after ending his debut campaign with a tally of 37 goals in all competitions.

Meanwhile Vics have also announced the arrival of a second new signing from Premier Division rivals City of Liverpool.

John Connolly, a midfielder, follows Joe Camozzi – captain at the Purps and part of a promotion-winning side in 2017 – from Merseyside to Cheshire.

Camozzi had been unveiled as Vics’ first recruit of the closed season last week.