THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE
Stanway Rovers 2
Hadleigh United 3
Hadleigh United manager Stuart Crawford is hoping to add another striker to his squad after Saturday’s victory came at a cost, with Ollie Canfer set to be sidelined for up to 10 weeks.
The midfielder-turned-striker, who has scored eight times from 16 games already this term, limped off with suspected medial knee ligament damage after half an hour on Saturday, which could rule him out for between six to 10 weeks.
The league leaders were able to open up a seven-point gap at the top though, with free-kicks from Scott Chaplin and Duane Wright added to in the second half by a deflected strike off Canfer’s replacement, James Blades, before an injury-time goal by ex-Millfield favourite Marlon North made for a nervy finish.
Crawford said of Canfer: “He has been a big part of our team. It is not just his goals, it is his all-round game he offers us and he is going to be a big miss.”
A seven-day approach has already gone in for a replacement striker with Josh Mayhew and Blades the only other frontmen in the squad.
“We have to try to find someone but they have got to be the right one,” added Crawford, who said his side were far from their best on Saturday but still comfortable winners.
With goalkeeper Darren Moyes also out long-term, 28-year-old Paul Rutherford has been brought in from Stanway Rovers to compete with Fred Howe, who had to make a couple of good saves on Saturday after Adam Hampton had quickly levelled Chaplin’s 11th-minute opener.
With Neil Calver starting a three-match suspension and Shane Wardley unavailable, Crawford is expecting a tough game when Felixstowe and Walton United visit Saturday (3pm) before hosting FC Clacton on Tuesday (7.45pm).
n Goals by Harry Evans (two) and Brett Crisp earned Hadleigh Reserves a 3-3 draw against Halstead at the Millfield in the Chell Trophy.