Mac delight as Saunders cleared of ref attack

Hailsham Town are boosted by the goalscoring return of Shane Saunders as they take a trip to County League strugglers Lingfield on Saturday.

The striker, who scored in Hailsham’s 2-1 loss at the hands of Sidley on Tuesday, has only played once in more than three months after being banned for allegedly assaulting a referee, a charge he was later found not guilty for.

Town manager, Kenny McCreadie said, “You wouldn’t believe it, all that time and then not guilty, it’s great to have him back.”

Mark Goodwin will also boost Hailsham with his return but McCreadie admitted Lingfield will be tough opponents due to large change in their squad since Town lost 2-0 to them in the reverse fixture.

“I don’t know much about them but I know we can be world-beaters or just disappointing.”

McCreadie blamed the three-week break, due to waterlogged pitches, as their downfall against Sidley saying the loss was ‘three points dropped’

“The pitch was the one of the worst we’ve ever played on and we conceded sloppy goals from corners which were our own fault.”