Hadleigh United boss Stuart Crawford admits he is ‘gutted’ after failing to land target Adam Burroughs as he looks to strengthen his strikeforce.
The Diss Town frontman, who has netted four times in 10 league outings, will line up against the Brettsiders at Brewers Green Lane this Saturday (3pm) after turning down the opportunity to join the Premier Division leaders.
“We put in a good offer for him to come but he turned it down for a number of reasons,” said Crawford. “He’s just moved into a house and the financial set-up at Diss was more stabilised for him as we work mainly on a bonuses scheme.
“I’m gutted because I think he could have done a really good job for us.”
Hadleigh are desperate to find a replacement for Ollie Canfer, who is out for up to 10 weeks with suspected medial ligament damage.
An offer is on the table for another striker, but Crawford would not be drawn on the identity of the player other than to say he is currently playing in a lower league.
With a number of injuries leaving only 11 senior players available for Tuesday’s win over FC Clacton, Crawford was forced to hand debuts to 16-year-old striker Sam Sharp and defender Toby Rose, 17.
New personnel are needed, but with his side in imperious form, 11 points clear at the top of the table, Crawford is keen not to make any rash calls.
“We are looking, but we are not rushing into anything,” he said. “We need to identify the right ones.
“We have got a good nucleus in this side and I am cautious not to upset the current squad by bringing in someone if they are not better than what we have currently got.”
Mark Maher and Duane Wright return as Hadleigh look for an eighth straight league win against a Diss side who sit 13th, having lost four of their last five.
Halstead Town boss Mark Benterman admits he is concentrating on a promotion-push, but says a cup run would come as a bonus as his side prepare to entertain Team Bury in the Red Insure Cup first round at Rosemary Lane on Saturday (3pm).
The Humbugs are enjoying their best start to a season in 20 years and sit a point behind First Division leaders Whitton United with a game in hand after the Greens slipped up at Stowmarket on Tuesday.
“As a club it’s always nice to have a cup run but my main objective is to push for promotion and I will do everything to get us there,” said Benterman.
The Town boss is expected to ring the changes for the visit of Team Bury with the likes of Nick Miller, James Regan and James Murray set to feature.
Halstead’s midweek clash at local rivals Cornard United fell victim to the weather.
Long Melford face the sternest of tests when they travel to Great Yarmouth who are unbeaten in 10 league games on Saturday (3pm).
The Villagers have lost four games on the bounce following Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Debenham LC and must improve if they are to end their losing streak on the Norfolk coast.