Friday, October 28, 2011
The U's are heading into what could turn out to be a pivotal couple of days in their ongoing battle to stay out of the Premier Division relegation zone, as they face matches against the two teams lying either side of them in the nether reaches of the league table.
First up tomorrow afternoon is a visit from Sussex rivals Horsham, who like United, are currently searching for a new manager after parting company with former incumbent Justin Luchford last weekend. And on Monday evening, the U's are away to an Aveley side that escaped the drop last season despite finishing in the bottom four.
Under the caretaker stewardship of Mark Stapley, ably assisted by former Club captain Sean Ray, United's ranks will be boosted by the arrival of nineteen year old striker Jordan Woodley, a first year professional at Brighton & Hove Albion, on a one month loan deal. Woodley made his way through the Youth set-up at the Championship club, and was retained by the Seagulls at the end of last season, although he is yet to feature in a First Team squad at the Amex Stadium.
United have enjoyed some decent success in the loan market in recent years, with the likes of George Porter and Harry Beautyman from Leyton Orient lighting up a disappointing campaign last year, and it can only be hoped that Woodley will have a similar impact during his short stay at the Pilot Field.
The draw for the third round of the League Cup was confirmed today, with the U's having been handed a home fixture against Tooting & Mitcham United. The tie is scheduled to take place during the week commencing 14 November.