Tony Roberts suspended for Saturday's cup tie against Crawley, plus any replay,
or next weeks Conference game against Scarborough, there are strong rumours
circulating that John Still has today signed ex-Boston keeper Paul Bastock as a
short term replacement.
was, you will recall, one of the six
players named by the FA enquiry into Boston United's finances, which
resulted in the club being fined and losing points in their first season in the
Football League and in Steve Evans (left) getting a 22 month ban from football.
Bastock was released by Evans, now back in charge at York Street, last week and
was rumoured to be joining Scarborough, a deal that fell though.
Martin Brennan, signed only last week as cover and who made a brief debut at
Farnborough after Tony Roberts was sent off in injury time, had a less than
inspiring debut for the reserves at Hitchin Town last night, dropping one into
his own net and getting his angles all wrong for the second. It seems that after
recent farce with Abiodun Baruwa, John Still may have signed another back up
keeper who he thinks may not actually be up to playing first team football.
If the rumours of the signing are confirmed, seems to have decided that
history does not count against him playing for the Daggers. I am pretty certain
that Bastock, who is a decent goalkeeper and who comfortably holds the record
number of appearances in a Boston United shirt, will get a mixed reception on
Saturday should he turn out.
Shabby John, very shabby!
There are also strong rumours around that Steve Claridge is also in the frame
to sign for the club as a replacement for the now retired John Taylor. This was
reported in Monday's Daily Telegraph and is also speculated in the local press
Claridge is another signing that makes little sense to me, not really a
Taylor style target man, and probably after a lot of money. If Still will sign
Bastock though, Claridge is no more daft that that.