In the hunt

Oldham Advertiser - - SPORT - SHEL­DAN KEAY shel­dankeay@hot­mail.com @Shel­danKeay

OLD­HAM Ath­letic man­ager Lee John­son re­mains hope­ful he can sign Jabo Ibehre on a per­ma­nent ba­sis.

The striker spent three months on loan with Lat­ics from Oc­to­ber to Jan­uary, scor­ing twice in 12 games.

He has since been told that he can leave his cur­rent club Colch­ester United, and boss John­son wants the 31-year-old to join Ath­letic.

“We’re still in­ter­ested and I cer­tainly en­joyed work­ing with him here,” he said.

“At the mo­ment he’s a Colch­ester player so I can’t say much but I thought he did well here.

“There were three or four games that he was un­playable and I liked him a lot as a man.

“The longer time goes on though there will be dif­fer­ent names that come avail­able so we will have to see what hap­pens.”

One striker that Lat­ics have been util­is­ing in re­cent weeks is youth player De­vante Ja­cobs.

The teenager has been in the last two match­day squads, and John­son be­lieves he can go far.

“I think he’s def­i­nitely got tal­ent and he has the po­ten­tial to have a ca­reer,” he said.

“He’s got great vi­sion and is a good finisher and is in­tel­li­gent beyond his years.

“He can slow the tempo of the game but then speed it up with his qual­ity so he’s a mav­er­ick in his style.

“What I don’t like about him is his phys­i­cal prow­ess as he doesn’t move as well as you’d like some­one to move at his age.

“I do think he has tal­ent but in­evitably it will be down to him to see if he can sur­vive in foot­ball.”

Next up for Lat­ics is a home match against Notts County this week­end.

Vic­tory will see 14th placed Ath­letic move closer to the play-offs.

“We played well at their place ear­lier in the sea­son and we want to win all of our home games,” John­son said. “They’re a side that work hard and get the be­hind the ball quick so it will be a tough game.” DI­VI­SION one of the Old­ham Ta­ble Ten­nis League wit­nessed its new­est mem­ber in ac­tion.

Kyan Chin put on a master­class against Sad­dle­worth B, lead­ing Bir­ley Moss to a 7-3 away win.

Sad­dle­worth A were 10-0 vic­tors in their game against Honey­well B.

Di­vi­sion two’s derby saw pro­mo­tion-chas­ing Hollinwood B prove too strong for their C side, walk­ing to a 9-1 win.

Our Lady’s A won a 8-2 at Cold­hurst C in di­vi­sion three, while di­vi­sion four had a close game be­tween Uni­son D and Up­per­mill C, the lat­ter win­ning 6-4.

The only draw of the week oc­curred be­tween Owls B and Honey­well G in di­vi­sion five.

The Old­ham Closed Ta­ble Ten­nis Cham­pi­onships are to be held at Hulme Gram­mar School on March 1.

En­try forms can be down­loaded from the Old­ham Ta­ble Ten­nis League Web­site at www. tableten­nis.365.com/ old­ham

Play­ers should send their en­tries to: John Foster, 41 Con­ning­ton Close, Roy­ton, Old­ham, OL2 5TP or email them to: john­fos­ter3000@ya­hoo. com

The clos­ing date for en­tries is Fe­bru­ary 20.

Ed­die Gar­vey

●● Jabo Ibehre made a big im­pres­sion on Lat­ics boss Lee John­son dur­ing his three-month loan spell ear­lier in the cam­paign

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