Chaplin boost for Hadleigh ahead of first FA Vase quarter-final

FIT AND READY: Scott Chaplin, who is set to return to Hadleigh United's squad this weekend at Tunbridge Wells
FIT AND READY: Scott Chaplin, who is set to return to Hadleigh United's squad this weekend at Tunbridge Wells

Scott Chaplin is set to give Hadleigh United a boost by returning to the squad for Saturday’s FA Vase quarter-final at Tunbridge Wells (3pm).

The Brettsiders — into the last eight of the competition for the first time in their history — still have injury problems, but top scorer Chaplin is not one of them.

With 16 goals to his name this campaign, including three in the FA Vase, United have missed Chaplin’s goalscoring prowess and creativity in recent weeks.

“He completed 45 minutes for the reserves on Tuesday night and came through with no problems,” said Hadleigh manager Stuart Crawford. “He is definitely fit and available to start should I choose to select him.

“We suffered from a lack of creativity against Norwich on Saturday, so hopefully he can help with that.”

After the Brettsiders struggled to a 2-1 success at home to Norwich United, Crawford admitted his team selection was ‘up in the air’ and confirmed he would travel to Tunbridge Wells on Saturday morning with a blank team sheet.

Those who will definitely not feature on it though are Kris Rose (knee), James Blades (hamstring), Matt Stace, Mark Maher (away) and James 
Evans (knee).

Goalkeeper Darren Moyes (shoulder) will see a physio today to see if he would be available for selection.

Captain Paul Donnelly, who was unable to play Saturday, will be back at the heart of Hadleigh’s defence to partner Mark Goldfinch, who plays his final match before a two-game suspension.

Sam Banya and David Artiss also netted in Hadleigh United Reserves’ 3-0 win against Stowmarket Town Reserves on Tuesday.

heath and moyes are competing for the number one jersey

Dan Heath hopes his man-of-the-match display against Norwich United on Saturday will have done him enough to start in goal for Hadleigh United’s FA Vase quarter-final at Tunbridge Wells on Saturday.
The 22-year-old goalkeeper, who was recalled early from his loan spell at Ryman Premier outfit Leiston, will be competing with Darren Moyes for a place in the team, if the latter overcomes a shoulder injury.
“I love it at Hadleigh and have always loved it at Hadleigh, but it’s important for me to play every week,” said Heath, who harbours ambitions of playing professionally. “It will be a tough decision for the manager to make because Darren is a good goalkeeper, so it’s almost a no-win situation, but that’s the way it is with two good goalkeepers.”