MOULTON Harrox have suffered a bumper double blow after their trophy-winning season.
Experienced player/boss Martyn Cundy has stepped down as manager, while leading scorer Josh Ford has been snapped up by Spalding United.
Cundy guided Harrox to PFA Senior Cup glory and third place in the Peterborough Premier Division, with Ford smashing 35 goals in the process.
The outgoing boss admits it’s a massive wrench to walk away from the job, but conceded he could no longer give it 100 per cent.
He does expect to carry on in a playing capacity, though.
Cundy said: “We’ve got a great bunch of lads here and it’s been a pleasure to be manager.
“But I’ve got a young family to look after and work commitments to consider, so I can no longer give the job the time it deserves.
“I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. To be involved with a cup-winning team as both a player and manager was a real highlight.
“My only regret is the poor start we made in the league last season. We finished superbly, but it was too little, too late.
“There are some cracking players at Moulton, but I fear some of them may now be snapped up by bigger teams and the squad could break up.”
Harrox’s crown jewel has already been stolen, with Spalding swooping for speedy frontman Ford.
Cundy is a close friend of Tulips boss Andy Stanhope and has no doubts that his former player can make the step up to UCL Premier Division football.
He added: “Josh has two great feet and is a brilliant finisher, you can’t teach that.
“He’s certainly got the ability to be a success for Spalding, but he’ll have to put the work in.”
Tulips boss Stanhope said of Ford: “He scores goals and is worth his chance with us.”
With Spalding having already signed strikers Simon Mowbray and Liam Harrold this summer, there certainly will be no shortage of firepower at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field next season.
As for Harrox, former boss Paul Kent is being hotly-tipped to return as manager, with veteran midfielder Nigel Steadman lined up as his number two.