Colchester United in town as trialists look to impress

ON TRIAL: Fred Howe, in action for AFC Sudbury last season, is set to feature for Hadleigh United against Colchester United's Under-21s on Saturday
ON TRIAL: Fred Howe, in action for AFC Sudbury last season, is set to feature for Hadleigh United against Colchester United's Under-21s on Saturday
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Hadleigh United could field three trialists, including goalkeeper Fred Howe, when they host Colchester United Under-21s on Saturday (3pm).

The young custodian, who made six appearances for AFC Sudbury last season, is set to try and win himself a deal at the Millfield with number one Darren Moyes nursing a shoulder injury.

Joe Fowler, another goalkeeper, could also feature against the club where he started his career after joining on trial from Ryman League side Maldon and Triptree.

Wide midfield player Phil Kelly will also be looking to impress assistant manager Alan Dilloway, taking charge while first-team boss Stuart Crawford is away on his honeymoon.

Dilloway said his players are relishing the challenge of testing themselves against the League One club in their first pre-season friendly.

He added: “Like when Ipswich Town came a few years ago, the players always build themselves up for a Football League club and I am sure they will bring a strong side.”

Neil Calver, who has been away on holiday, was expected to resume training this week and play a part in Saturday’s game.

New signings Duane Wright and Josh Mayhew will both be involved, having returned to the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division club from Needham Market and Brantham Athletic respectively.

After holding them for several years, Hadleigh’s adult admission prices for 2013/14 have increased by £1 for first-team matches (to £5 members, £7 non-members) and senior members £3.50.

Long Melford manager Jules Mumford has described the news that 26-year-old midfielder Tim Attwood will be sidelined for the rest of the season after surgery on a dislocated shoulder as ‘a big loss’,

He said: “Tim has played for me for the last three or four years and he is a great lad and great player who showed when he was given a chance at this level last season that he is well up to it.”

Mumford says he has ‘four to five’ new as-yet-unnamed players training with the club as he looks to improve his squad.

He is currently in the process of getting last season’s squad to sign league registration forms, with only experienced defender Gareth Thomas confirming he is leaving.

The former Hornchurch, Maldon Town and Haverhill Rovers player has signed for Halstead Town as Mark Benterman’s fifth summer signing.

Cornard United manager Mark Hoskins has revealed club captain James Beckett has re-signed, alongside youngster Jordan Bailey, a full-back or wide player, in what will be an almost new squad.

Midfielder or defender Keith Featherstone, who was with Hoskins at Halstead Town Reserves, and Glemsford and Cavendish’s 
wide player Dave Dowding, 
are the first two to be announced.