WEB EXCLUSIVE: Ford going nowhere - Stan

Staying put: Josh Ford
Staying put: Josh Ford
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SPALDING United manager Andy Stanhope has moved to dismiss rumours that striker Josh Ford is leaving the club.

Ford, who signed from Moulton Harrox in the summer, has failed to hold down a regular place in the Tulips’ line-up in his debut season in the UCL Premier Division.

That has triggered interest interest from Boston Town and March Town, who have both made seven-day notices of approach for his services.

But Stanhope insists that Ford has a future at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field – and revealed the striker is suffering from a niggly foot injury.

He said: “Josh has a foot problem and shouldn’t have played last weekend (against Greenwood Meadows), it only made things worse.

“I’m happy with him and as far as I’m concerned he’s going nowhere. Other teams can make all the approaches they like, the only reason he’s not been involved is because of injury.”

With leading scorer Greg Smith now looking likely to link up with Stamford, Ford will face a battle with Liam Harrold to join Simon Mowbray in attack.

But he’s unavailable for tomorrow’s daunting trip to unbeaten Long Buckby (3pm). The Bucks have won all nine of their UCL Premier Division games to date – and are six points ahead of the Tulips having played seven games less.

Stanhope admits that it doesn’t get much harder than a trip to Station Road.

He added: “They are the stand-out team in the league for me. I think they’ll win it.”

New signings Tom James and Simon Ashton should both start, while midfielders Liam Hook and Jammal Shahin could make welcome returns.

Defender Shaun Baker won’t be involved though, while Danny Hussey (groin) is a major doubt.