Chromasport United Counties League
Published 23rd March 2012
One-time Peterborough United striker Andy Furnell, a man born and bred in the village, has signed on the dotted line to join the Cuckoos’ fight to avoid relegation.
Furnell, who has been a prolific figure on the non-League scene for more than a decade, was recently axed as player-manager of Ryman League Division One North side Soham.
Three other Soham players, midfielder Scott Carter, centre back Andy Coleman, who was Furnell`s assistant, and goalkeeper Lea Jordan, have followed him to In2itive Park - Jordan returns to the club he left just a month ago.
And busy boss Gary Clipston has also tempted Wisbech Town striker Nick Davey - a player who had a successful loan spell with Yaxley earlier in the season - to return on a permanent basis.
Clipston said: “I always remember ‘Furns’ saying to me a few years ago that he would love to finish his career at Yaxley.
“When he took the manager’s job at Soham last summer I didn’t think that would happen, but things change in football and we’re delighted to get him on board.
“A lack of goals has been a problem for us for a long time and ‘Furns’ arriving can only help that.
“I’m delighted with the other signings as well and they will all give us a terrific boost.
“You don’t often get players becoming available at this time of year so we’re very lucky to be able to bring four quality lads in.”
Furnell, Coleman and Davey will all be involved when Yaxley travel to fellow strugglers Irchester United tomorrow in a six-pointer. Carter is suspended as are midfielder Pete Smith and defender Lewis Stone.
Yaxley go into the game four points clear of their hosts who are second-bottom and their prospects of dodging the drop improved during the week when Daventry United announced they are to fold at the end of the season.
League rules state that any team that folds are treated as a relegated side, therefore only one team is now likely to be relegated this season.