Stewarts & Lloyds go into tomorrow’s (Saturday) ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties Division One top-of-the-table clash with Rushden & Higham at Occupation Road having been dealt a double blow.
Family issues have ruled top scorer Chris Caswell out for the foreseeable future and last weekend Alan Campbell suffered what joint-boss John Cairns as “a horrific injury” in a Knockout Cup tie at Boston Town.
With 20 minutes to go, the Foundrymen were 3-1 up, but the match had to be abandoned after Campbell suffered a broken ankle and leg.
“It wasn’t a bad challenge,” said Cairns.
“It was just a collision. I feel terrible about it. I had only just brought him on. I feel sick for the lad. He has a job and a family and I can’t see him playing again.”
Cairns admits losing Caswell is “a blow,” but in Dany Reid, says he’s discovered a “big brute who runs around all day” and has an eye for goal.
Reid made the step up from the Northants Combination this summer and netted twice at Boston last week after a stunning goal at Thrapston seven days earlier.
“The ball fell to Dany on the edge of the area, he dropped his shoulder and did a scissor kick into the top corner,” said Cairns.
“The lads try that in training and the ball sails over the bar.
“You don’t see goals like that at UCL level.
“Even Dany was surprised to see the ball fly in!
“Dany is refreshing. He isn’t a big name and doesn’t have a big ego, he just goes out there and plays.
“He’s struggled to get into the side and now he’s got his chance, he’s taking it.
“Boston are a Premier Division side and they couldn’t handle Dany. He ran riot.”
Last weekend, Peterborough Sports recorded a ninth straight win to leapfrog S&L at the top of the table.
Cairns says he expects Sports to win the title and added: “There’s the possibility we can pull away at the top with them if we can keep beating the teams around us.”
Fourth-placed Thrapston Town, who suffered a 2-1 defeat to Sports in the UCL KnockoutCup on Tuesday, have a big game themselves this weekend when they head to sixth-placed Blackstones.
Irchester United, who sit between those two teams in fifth, are also on the road as they make the trip to seventh-placed Potton United.
There is another local derby at Kiln Park as Raunds Town take on Burton Park Wanderers, who are still searching for their first win of the season.
Whitworth, who were beaten 3-1 at home by Rushden & Higham last weekend, make the trip to take on Olney Town.