5th Jul, 2020

Bees chasing striker in battle for top six

Redditch Editorial 17th Oct, 2019

STUDLEY manager John Edwards is planning a move for Rocester hot-shot Jordon Dodd to help strengthen their push to become established top-six material in Midland League Division One.

Edwards confirmed the Bees have made a seven-day approach for the former Gresley and Walsall Wood striker who has netted ten goals for Rocester this season and talks can open over the weekend.

“We can have a chat and see what we can do,” said Edwards. “He is a good player, he’s well known in the league and he has been very, very good for Rocester.

“It’s a case of having more options, even if it means a few more problems in selecting players.

“So far this season, we had injury after injury and been so stretched but now, touch wood, we are getting players back. Hopefully we will have everybody available for Saturday.”

After a sticky start, the Bees have climbed to sixth place, five points behind leaders Brocton, and they welcome fourth-placed Hinckley AFC to the Beehive on Saturday.

Having had a fixture-free Saturday last week, Edwards wants to maintain the momentum.

Harvey Smith, who has struggled with an ankle injury, is expected to be back in contention to face Hinckley, while fellow striker Odane Barnes should recover from illness.

“Saturday is a big game,” said Edwards. “If we can get the three points, we’ll go above Hinckley. We know Hinckley have got some quality players, they’ve got a big budget and they are going to be one of the teams up there.

“It’s a funny league when you look at the top half of the table and there’s only eight points’ difference between top and 11th.

“If you had said to me we would be sixth after ten games after the start we had, we would have been delighted, but we need to keep our good form going and hopefully we will still be in touch come Christmas. That’s the focus.”

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