Hadleigh United have boosted their hopes of reaching Wembley by signing former FA Vase semi-finalist James Evans from Needham Market.
The right-sided midfielder, who can also play at full-back, joined the Brettsiders in time to feature in Saturday’s postponed fourth round Vase tie at AFC Emley.
Evans reached the last four of the competition with Needham, who now ply their trade in the Ryman League, in 2007/08, as well as making the quarter-finals in each of the following two seasons.
United boss Stuart Crawford said: “He’s a really good lad – I’ve always rated him.
“When they were in the Ridgeons League (now Thurlow Nunn) I thought he was awesome. He’s experienced and has been to a Vase semi-final with Needham – someone we can trust and rely on.”
Danny Bloomfield is also believed to be close to joining Hadleigh from Needham after being released by the Marketmen.
The Brettsiders’ charge through the FA Vase – their best run since the 1994/95 season – was halted by the inclement weather in the Midlands, and prospects for Saturday’s match do not appear to be good with snow covering the Welfare Ground pitch.
With outdoor training venues falling victim to the wintry conditions as well, Crawford has been forced to trust in his players to put in the necessary work ahead of the match, which is due to take place again on Saturday (3pm).
Should they make it through, Hadleigh would travel to Ampthill Town or Enfield 1893 in the fifth round on Feburary 9.
n Hadleigh are also due to visit Mildenhall Town in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division on Tuesday (7.45pm).
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