Huntingdon Town swoop for teenage goalkeeper
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Huntingdon boss Seb Hayes hopes he has found the answer to his goalkeeping prayers.
Hayes has completed a transfer swoop for teenage talent Dan George of rivals Peterborough Northern Star.
The number one berth has been something of a problem position for Huntingdon with Hayes having already used four custodians in the opening three months of the United Counties League Premier Division season.
Number one Tim Trebes made the short switch to St Ives in September since when Adam Whybrow, Ryan Rayner and Jamie Crook have all appeared between the sticks. Crook has played in the last three games but his unavailability for midweek matches is a major issue.
Hayes said: “I know Dan well from my time as a coach at Northern Star and I’m delighted to have the chance to work with him again.
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“He has done well whenever I’ve seen him play this season and he certainly fits the bill of being the reliable goalkeeper we need.”
Hayes cut a frustrated figure on Saturday as Town’s derby clash against Deeping Rangers was abandoned after a deluge of rain hit Jubilee Park. Only six minutes of action had been completed before the pitch was deemed unplayable.
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It does little to help a fixture backlog Town are likely to face. Only one other team, Eynesbury, have played as few league games as Hayes’s side.
Huntingdon are scheduled to hit the road twice in the space of four days as they go to Northampton side Sileby Rangers on Saturday and then visit AFC Kempston Rovers on Tuesday.
And they have been warned not to allow their thoughts to wander to a big FA Vase second round showdown at Premier Division rivals Holbeach on November 22.
Hayes added: “Sileby are clearly improving and Kempston are a difficult side so we know we’re in for two tough tests. But I want to maintain our unbeaten record at the very least and the lads can’t afford to have one eye on the Vase game.”
Full-back Pat Bexfield is set to return from knee trouble but Josh Moreman has now completed his 28-day loan deal.
The combination of ineligibility for an FA Vase fixture, suspension and last Saturday’s abandonment means he played in only one game for Town.
Hayes would be happy to extend the Peterborough-based talent’s stay, but he feels that a new deal is unlikely. Moreman is understood to be keen to play at a higher-level even if he doesn’t feature in the plans of Southern League Division One Central leaders Kettering.
Eynesbury were out of action last weekend but return to the fray on Saturday when they entertain Cogenhoe at Hall Road. They then go to Wellingborough Town on Tuesday.