Debenham LC manager Guy Hayes looking to add experienced Thurlow Nunn League players to boost his side's lowly league position
Guy Hayes is using the break from matches to solve an area lacking in his Debenham LC squad — to quickly turn their Thurlow Nunn League First Division North season back in the right direction.
The Hornets find themselves third from bottom in the table after their nine matches, with just seven points posted up so far.
It is a contrast to the end of their prematurely halted 2019/20 campaign where they sat in ninth position in March.
While manager Hayes believes a combination of playing the top sides, injuries and poor refereeing decisions has hampered their progress so far, he is also not set to take any chances with the poor start to the season continuing when play restarts.
With their confirmed restart fixture being set at home to 14th-placed Needham Market Reserves on Tuesday, December 8 (7.45pm), government approval on the Covid-19 restrictions permitting, he said: “Having players back from injury will certainly help and there is one of two new signings that we are trying to secure in the next week or so. Yet again that will help with competition as well as player availability.
“If we can get everyone back out on the pitch fit that will certainly help us start a lot better post lockdown.”
And it is the experience of playing in the league that has been top of his recruitment list during lockdown as he closes in on a couple of targets that he thinks can make a telling difference.
“When we started the season Alex (Egleton, assistant manager) and myself would have always said we are one or two players away from completing the squad,” he said.
“The amount of injuries we picked up early on did highlight that.
“From our side of things we need one or two players that have played the level, which is a big thing; to have more experience when we are playing teams to match them across the pitch.
“I think at times there has been occasions where we haven’t had that experience to get ourselves out of a rut over 10 or 15 minute periods when we’ve played poorly, to get ourselves back on track.”
Debenham have taken the option of a friendly, at First Division South side Harwich & Parkeston, on Saturday, December 5.
“Harwich approached us and we accepted as there is a number of players that need to get 45 to 60 minutes in the tank as they haven’t played due to injuries for a long time,” he explained.
l Elsewhere, Diss Town (8th) will have an extra week’s preparation before hosting Sheringham (11th) on December 12, while Framlingham Town (9th) also get going again on the same afternoon, at 14th-placed Needham Market Reserves (both 3pm).
In the Premier Division, Walsham-le-Willows (6th) have opted to use an extra week’s preparation and restart on December 12 at home to in-form fourth-placed side Ely City (3pm).