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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”.


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