LOCAL lad Chris Horton is ready to take his chance as Wisbech Town goalkeeper this coming season.
The 22-year-old is overjoyed that Fenmen boss Steve Appleby has named him as the replacement for Lea Jordan who is to join neighbours March Town.
Horton made his only start for Wisbech last season in the Ridgeons League Cup semi-final win against Stowmarket and was on the bench for the final as well. and final last season.
Appleby believes the 22-year-old is just right for the job and said: “Chris was in goal when I played sweeper for Wisbech four seasons ago and he never let us down. He has bounced back from a bad injury, he now looks hungry for it and has shown me he is ready to take his chance.
“Also with Paul Cousins leaving I want local players involved as well.”
Horton is really looking forward to the challenge and said: “All I have wanted to do is play for Wisbech Town and I feeI I am really ready for it.”
His first appearance for Wisbech Town came as a 15-year-old substitute in an FA Cup-tie in 2004 against Sawbridgeworth and he recalled: “I had to go on for the last 20 minutes when Adam Wright was injured. We lost 1-0 with a deflected goal in the last minute and I was gutted.”
Horton’s next game in the first team came in the 2005-2006 season as a 16-year-old when Nick Conroy took a nasty injury against Lynn Reserves when Dick Creasey was manager.
He also made the first team again under Roy McManus and played under Gary Setchell when he was concussed and lost his front tooth against Lynn Reserves. Part of this last season he spent at Outwell Swifts playing in an outfield position.
Jordan has left for March Town after a change in jobs would have made it difficult for him to be available on a regular basis for Wisbech’s midweek games and joins up again with former Ramsey manager Brett Whaley.
Appleby added: “I have known for some time that Lea had a problem with his job so it has come as no real surprise. He did very well for us last season and will be missed.”