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WATCH­ING Kid­der­min­ster’s valiant de­feat to Sun­der­land on Satur­day, I was re­minded of what a solid de­fender Lee Vaughan is.

I re­mem­ber watch­ing him emerge at AFC Telford, a young, fear­less and brutish right-back who charged around like a tank and, quite of­ten, spent the last ten min­utes of a match in the dress­ing room whilst the red mist cleared.

Judg­ing by his per­for­mance on Satur­day lit­tle has changed, his man-of-the-match per­for­mance – in­clud­ing one sen­sa­tional last- gasp chal­lenge – help­ing to make Sun­der­land look dis­tinctly or­di­nary.

To be frank, see­ing Vaughan still play­ing for Kiddy was a sur­prise – I as­sumed he’d have been signed up by a League club by now.

Why he hasn’t, I don’t know. Maybe no­body thought he was quick enough. Maybe man­agers wor­ried about his tem­per­a­ment.

What­ever the case, at 27, that ship has prob­a­bly sailed, which is a shame. Be­cause I can’t be­lieve there are 92 bet­ter right-backs than Vaughan.

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