Defensive lynchpin will be available for Vase quarter-final

Hadleigh United will not be shorn of their most experienced defender for next week’s FA Vase quarter-final.

Mark Goldfinch was sent off against Brantham Athletic in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division last Tuesday, prompting fears he would miss the biggest game in the club’s history.

The Brettsiders, who will travel to Larkhall Athletic or Tunbridge Wells in the last eight on March 2, have built their Vase run on an excellent defensive record, conceding no more than one goal in any of their matches in the national competition.

“As the season has gone on, he’s got better and better,” said manager Stuart Crawford. “He’s been in top form recently.”

Although Goldfinch would be available for the tie, he would miss any subsequent replay or if the original tie was pushed back a week.

However, there are other problems for Hadleigh.

Kris Rose (knee), James Blades (hamstring) and Mark Maher (away) are definitely out of the Vase game, while concerns remain over Neil Calver (ankle), James Evans (knee), Scott Chaplin (hamstring), Lee McGlone (ankle), Matt Downing (work commitments) and goalkeeper Darren Moyes (shoulder), prompting Crawford to recall stopper Dan Heath from Leiston.