Maher closes in on deal for new striker

JOINT Long Melford manager Jason Maher hopes to have a new striker in his squad when they host strugglers Fakenham Town on Saturday (3pm).

The Villagers will be expected to bounce back from their semi-final heartbreak when they return to league action looking to fufill Maher and Adrian Perry’s challenge of a top 10 finish.

The club missed out on their first final appearance in seven years at Thetford Town in the Ridgeons League First Division Knock-Out Cup with a slender 1-0 defeat.

“I do not think there was much difference between the two sides,” said Maher. “We had our chances in the first half to take the lead and in the second half we hit the post through Adam Flack and on another day we could have gone into the final.”

Looking ahead to the visit of Fakenham Town, who are one off the bottom of the league, Maher, who hopes to complete the signing of a 22-year-old forward who was playing reserve team football for a Ryman League side last year, said: “We see that as a game we must win.

“A top 10 finish is the target for the rest of the season.

“I would have taken a top 10 finish over a cup final.”