The Mow must go on! Barley begin life without injured star striker in winning style ahead of cup-final clash

Luke Gove scored for AFC Barley Mow last Saturday.

Luke Gove scored for AFC Barley Mow last Saturday. - Credit: Archant

AFC Barley Mow player-boss Sean Sweeney believes he has found the perfect replacement for injured striker Josh Turner.

The 52-goal hitman, the highest scorer in Cambs League football this season, is out with a double-break of the right leg and a dislocated ankle.

But Barley moved quickly to bring Jamie Waterworth back to the club following a spell at non-league side Huntingdon Town and he made a goalscoring return last Saturday to help extend their 100 per cent record in Cambs League Division 3B to 17 games.

Waterworth was joined on the scoresheet in the table-toppers’ 5-0 success at Waterbeach Colts Old Boys by Luke Gove, Jack Cleghorn and Adam Armstrong. Their haul was completed by an own goal.

“Jamie is a ready-made replacement for Josh,” said Sweeney. “We gave him the chance to come back to help us win trophies and he took it.”

AFC Barley Mow are certainly are no strangers to winning trophies. They lifted four of them in Sunday football last term and are now bidding to collect their first piece of silverware in the Saturday game.

They face fellow Division 3B side Upwell Town in the final of the John Ablett Cup competition tonight (Thursday) at Ely City FC.

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And Sweeney admits he knows little about their opponents after a recent league clash between the sides was abandoned after just seven minutes following those serious injuries to Turner.

He added: “You can’t learn a lot in seven minutes, but the league table suggests Upwell are a good side. I’m sure it will be a tough game, but we want to win the cup for Josh.”