HADLEIGH United assistant manager Alan Dilloway says he is excited about bringing Needham Market youngster Luke Wade to the club.
The Brettsiders lost Leiston hotshot Lee McGlone to the Marketmen and energetic midfielder Luke Ingram to AFC Sudbury, with both players having been on loan deals from their parent clubs, the latter from Bury Town, last week.
But this week has brought the news that pacey striker Wade, who has made four starts and seven substitute appearances for the Ryman League side this season, scoring one goal, has signed on loan until the end of the season.
“He will be in the squad for Saturday as Needham want him to play games and the Ridgeons League is a good level for him to come into,” said Dilloway, who was speaking in the absence of Stuart Crawford who missed the 2-0 defeat at Dereham Town on Saturday as he was unwell.
“We had spoken to the club about Luke last season and his first-team opportunities were limited and it was no good him playing for thier reserves,” said Dilloway, who accepts players like McGlone and Ingram will make and break a side while relying on loan deals.
He added of their withdrawal ahead of Saturday: “Both were very influential players but Dereham is a very, very tough place to go to and we were 2-0 down after 20 minutes and they were pure and simply defensive errors.
“The rest of the game was fairly even but we did not create enough to threaten their goal so it would be harsh to say we should have got something out of it.”
Hadleigh, currently in 12th, seven points off the top six, host Kirkley and Pakefiled on Saturday (3pm) with Dilloway, who will remain in sole charge, fearful of a strikeforce that could contain highly-rated pair Russell Stock and Ryan Crisp.
“It won’t be as easy as the table suggest,” added Dilloway.
n LONG MELFORD have seen Rowland Auert (Austalia), Jack Durey (break) and Ryan Swallow (AFC Sudbury Reserves) all depart Stoneylands,
Manager Jason Maher particularly gutted to see young technical talent Swallow move on, but he was granted the request having seen his opportunities as a winger diminsh under a switch to a 3-5-2 from a 4-4-2 formation.
He said: “With all the will in the world I would have loved to keep him, he has been fantastic and a pleasure to have around.”
The Villagers host Fakenham Town on Saturday with the Melford manager disappointed his side allowed the scoreline in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Ipswich Wanderers to reflect a close contest after a host of chances were squnadered.
Captain Ashley Skeggs’ ankle injury from Saturday is not as bad as first feared and is only likely to keep him sidelined for a few weeks.
n HALSTEAD TOWN manager Jimmy Holder has said he will not change his rotation policy as he looks to continue giving all his squad the best chance to develop, with the First Division’s top scorer, Reis Farley-Hearn finding himself on the bench in the win over Cambridge University Press before coming on to score his 13th of the season.
The Rosemary Lane outfit, back in the top six, face an away trip to eighth-placed Brightlingsea Regent on Saturday (3pm) with 20-year-old left-sided player Danny Clemence now back at the club.