Spice switch ran­kles

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Classified - By Alex Birch

ASH­FORD Town man­ager Steve Lovell has set the record straight on Bradley Spice’s de­par­ture from the club, re­veal­ing his un­hap­pi­ness with events fol­low­ing the for­ward’s release.

Spice left the club for fam­ily rea­sons three weeks ago but on Mon­day turned out for for­mer club Sit­ting­bourne in their win against Corinthian Ca­su­als – a de­vel­op­ment that’s left Lovell less than im­pressed.

“Af­ter I found out that Bradley had played for Sit­ting­bourne on Mon­day night I felt the need to put the record straight over his de­par­ture,” said Lovell.

“When he asked to leave in the mid­dle of Fe­bru­ary he ex­plained he didn’t feel able to com­mit the time to train­ing and play­ing be­cause of fam­ily com­mit­ments.

“I told him to think it over but when he said he was pos­i­tive about his de­ci­sion I agreed to release him from his con­tract.

“He said he wasn’t plan­ning to go to an­other team this sea­son but that if he did it would be a Kent League team so he could keep his eye in.

“What’s hap­pened this week has come as a real kick in the teeth for me and club. I’ve known Bradley for a long time and I never ex­pected this. With our lack of strik­ers at the mo­ment, we could have done with him play­ing in our side.”

In­stead, Spice could now play a sig­nif­i­cant role for one of the Nuts and Bolts’ main Ry­man League, Divi­sion 1 South play-off ri­vals, as Lovell con­tin­ues his search for more new blood in an at­tempt to get his own side’s play-off charge back on track.

“We’ve got Mer­stham on Satur­day, and they’re an­other team who are try­ing to get into the top five, so we ex­pect a tough chal­lenge” said Lovell.

“Sean Ray will def­i­nitely be back for Satur­day, which will give us a big lift and I’m hope­ful of hav­ing one, if not two, new faces in for the game.

“As long as the play­ers agree when the sev­en­day ap­proaches end on Fri­day we should be able to get the deals done on time.”

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