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Injury-Hit Wasps Look To Youngsters

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Matt Longhurst, manager of Bostik League South club East Grinstead Town, admits it’s been a tough season on the injury front so far.

Alex Gaggin, Marcus Elliott Robin Deen, Steve Sargent, Jason Davis, Drew Cooney and Ricardo Thompson have all out with long-term injuries.

Longhurst then brought in Karn Miller Neave to solve his full-back problem and he’s now missed six games with injury, while Steve Springett is out for four-to-six weeks with a knee injury.

However, Longhurst has been busy strengthening his squad again and has brought in 18-year-old defender Sam Rolph, who was previously with Brighton & Hove Albion, Peterborough United and Pagham, and Alex Cochrane who is a full-back on loan from Brighton.

Cochrane is only 17 but is highly thought of and has represented England at international level.

Longhurst told his club`s website: “It goes without saying we thank Brighton for their help with this and look forward to seeing him join the squad.

“Today’s game against Ramsgate is a tough fixture. As a player, coach and manager I have never had an easy game with them and Lloyd Blackman. their manager, has a really good blend of young players aided by experienced heads so it will be a tough game”.


About Author

Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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