Walden striker to make a Tom-ly return

PUBLISHED: 09:16 23 December 2010

Richardson is expected to resume training soon

Richardson is expected to resume training soon

Archant

THE BLOODS have been handed a huge New Year boost as towering striker Tom Richardson is set to return to training after being sidelined with a knee injury.

Richardson, 21, damaged his cruciate ligaments early in 2010 and has spent months as a spectator whilst his teammates concluded one season and began another.

His return will provide a timely boost for Walden, as the six foot-plus forward’s qualities revolve around bringing others into the game.

Saffron Walden assistant manager John Butchart said: “He has begun training and we will aim to have him ready near the end of January or start of February.

“It will be a great boost for the team as he is a very skilful lad who can put himself about. He scores goals, but more importantly he brings people into the game with his knockdowns and headers.

“It will be good for him too, after spending so long not playing. We will be careful with him though and bring him back bit by bit.”

Goals have not been too hard to come by for Walden this season as they average just over two per game. However, they are the only team in the top eight that have not yet notch more than 30 so more firepower would be a welcome addition.

Currently Joe Murphy, who was originally moved from midfield to become a makeshift striker is the team’s top scorer with nine in all competitions.

Second is Mitchell Das, who would expect to play alongside Richardson, with eight, followed by right back Spike Bell, currently serving a four-match suspension, with six.

Butchart pointed to previous games when his side had lost one-nil or only won by one-goal despite dominating. He added: “We need to learn how to kill teams off. It has been a good season so far, but this club needs silverware this season.”

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