Whaley goes on Ram raid to boost Hares

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MARCH Town boss Brett Whaley has returned to former club Ramsey Town to recruit four players for next season and is hoping two more will join them this week.

Whaley left the Peterborough League club early last season to join Deeping Rangers and the club went on to win the Peterborough Premier Division and the players were hoping to be playing UCL football this coming season.

But once again Ramsey withdrew their application and the Ramsey players keen to taste a higher grade of football have followed manager Jimmy MacCallum to March.

The most experienced of the new players is defender Chris Lenton, a central defender, who has played at Soham, Yaxley and St Neots before joining Ramsey. He will also act as first team coach.

Midfielder Ben Hepworth, who was previously at March with Whaley, is also returning along with Dan Jenkins and Adam Rothery.

But defenders Kyle Nolan and Gavin Cooke have also received offers from other clubs. However, Whaley wants their decision this week, and said: “I would like to get things sorted out sooner than later even if it means missing out on players. I think all six players can step up a grade and will give the squad a big boost.”

Whaley feels “very lucky” to have former Wisbech goalkeeper Lea Jordan at the club.

“I know Lea from my days at Ramsey and Yaxley and think he is about the best goalkeeper in the area.

“But for his work situation I am certain he would still be at Wisbech where he did very well last season, so we are very lucky to have him,” said Whaley.

Whaley is still waiting for decisions from Lee Day and Kyle Plumb to see if they will be staying and said: “I am sure once we get things right off the field and they see the players coming in they will hopefully stay with us.”

Whaley still wants to add a couple more players to his squad.

He added: “I would like another wide player and possibly a striker to join Ash Brand, Lee White and Stu Anderson. I may also need another centre half if Gav Clark does not come.”

March chairman Phil White has stepped down as reserves manager and Mark Hammond, the former Soham Town under 18 manager, is to take charge of the club’s Cambs League side.