Spice switch rankles
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.”