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Byline: James Milton

LAST season showed the perils of the League Two Golden Boot market when 7-1 ante-post favourite Matt Tubbs was sold by Crawley in January, having scored 12 league goals in the first half of the season.

Given that the Golden Boot ended up being shared by four players on 18 goals, Tubbs backers may count themselves unfortunate, although any in-form striker in the fourth tier is likely to attract attention from higher-ranked clubs (in Tubbs' case it was Bournemouth of League One).

Despite that caveat, this season's top goalscorer market looks particularly intriguing - it's 14-1 the field with Wycombe's Stuart Beavon co-favourite with Marc Richards and Steven Gillespie. Beavon is certainly of interest on his form in the second half of last season when he scored 14 goals in his last 19 League One appearances.

However, a couple of young strikers make more appeal at bigger prices. The first is Burton's Billy Kee, whose highly promising first season at the Pirelli Stadium was disrupted by a long-term groin injury.

Having started the season on loan at Torquay, Kee scored 12 goals in his first 17 league games for Burton and Brewers manager Gary Rowett called him "the most potent striker in the division until his injury."

Kee scored 18 goals in a combined 33 starts on loan at Torquay and Accrington and Rowett has been hugely impressed by the 21-year-old's attitude during his rehabilitation. Fitness permitting, the 28-1 shot could give his backers a great run for his money.

Football League newcomers Fleetwood have lost star striker Jamie Vardy to Leicester but they are not short of firepower with Jon Parkin and David Ball joining Gillespie and Andy Mangan at Highbury.

Ball faces a fight to cement his place in the starting line-up so it may be wise to keep stakes small. However, he was highly rated in Manchester City's youth system and scored five goals in the Championship for Peterborough either side of a productive loan spell at Rochdale last season.

In all, Ball notched nine times for Peterborough despite starting just 13 games and Fleetwood may have pulled off a canny piece of business by snapping up the 22-year-old.

Recommendations B Kee 2pts each-way 28-1 Blue Square D Ball 0.5pt each-way 25-1 Ladbrokes TOP SCORERS 2011-12 18 A Akinfenwa Northampton40-1 L Grabban Rotherham n/a I McLeod Barnet 25-1 J Midson AFCWimbledon n/a 17 M Richards PortVale 16 M Harrold BristolRovers 15 K Ellison Morecambe 14 T Barnett Crawley J Collins Shrewsbury N Powell Crewe 13 B Mohsni Southend J Hanson Bradford D Hylton Aldershot 12 R Howe Torquay D Kedwell Gillingham B Kee Burton G Madjo Aldershot L Mansell Torquay M Tubbs Crawley C Zola Burton C Whelpdale Gillingham

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 8, 2012
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