Alan Alsop hopes to have Adam Ben-Saud added to his squad in time for Ely’s game with Felixstowe & Walton in the Thurlow Nunn League, Premier Division tomorrow.
Ben-Saud has scored 18 goals in 19 appearances for Cottenham United in the Kershaw League, Premier Division this season and has previous experience at this level.
Ely boss Alsop has been keen to add another striker to his ranks for some time and could have Ben-Saud available sooner rather than later after Cottenham agreed to waive the seven-day approach period.
“He spoke to his manager and told him he wants to give it another go at this level,” said Alsop.
“We really need another striker because we’ve only got two at the moment. (Defender) Adam Murray can play there and he’s a good option, but you really need out-and-out strikers.”
Alsop has also strengthened his backroom staff, appointing defender Ben Lawrence to a player-coach role after being without an assistant following Stuart Brown’s departure.
Stuart Walker is unavailable for the Felixstowe game, while Sam Parkinson is injured.
Kevin Grainger is set to hand 16-year-old midfielder Ollie Snaith another start for Newmarket when they host bottom side Woodbridge.
Snaith was handed his first league start last week and impressed the Jockeys boss enough to keep his place in the side.
Matty Bonner is still recovering from cracked ribs, while Richard Chadwick is also out injured. However, Lee Clift is back to full fitness and Adam Dalby will play again after coming through 90 minutes last week with no problems.
Neville Nania remains optimistic about Godmanchester’s promotion chances after a recent blip in form and hopes they can avenge league and FA Vase defeats when they travel to Walsham-Le-Willows.
Charlie Bowen returns from suspension, but Nick Hurst is still suspended and John Turner is unavailable.
Haverhill Rovers boss Dean Greygoose is set to continue with Dalton O’Brien partnering Andrew Ofosu up front in the absence of Dan Cornwell when they travel to Gorleston.
Elsewhere, CRC are at home to Kirkley & Pakefield.
In the First Division, Saffron Walden welcome Craig Calver back into the starting line-up for the clash away at Haverhill Borough.
Walden joint-manager Colin Wallington is also optimistic Joe Rudkin will be fit.