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Burnham Ramblers sign defender Griffiths
4:53pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in Sport
BURNHAM Ramblers have signed defender Terry Griffiths from neighbours Maldon and Tiptree.
The centre-half joined on Monday, at the start of a big week for the Leslie Field side.
Griffiths was due to make his debut in last night’s Ryman League division one north match at home to Ware and should feature again in Saturday’s eagerly-awaited FA Cup tie at home to AFC Sudbury.
Ramblers then face a rearranged match at Maldon next Tuesday.
“We’ve got some big games coming up and we’re very happy to have strengthened our defence by signing Terry,” said Burnham boss Keith Wilson.
“I first tried to sign him in the summer, because he impressed me last season when he was playing for Southend Manor.
“But (former Manor manager) Russell Faulkner took him across to Park Drive when he became number two at Maldon.
“Since then he hasn’t had a look-in, though, and not even been on their substitutes’ bench.
“(Maldon boss) Terry Spillane and I spoke and, true to his word, he’s been very helpful in making sure the move went through.”
Wilson believes Griffiths will be a useful addition to the Ramblers ranks.
“He’s only young but leads by example,” said Wilson.
“He’s strong in the air, is fairly quick and his distribution is also very good.
“I’m sure he’ll do very well for us.”
Wilson pinpointed last night’s fixture as the most important of the week, given the opportunity to take points off one of the struggling teams in division one north.
However, he says everyone is looking forward to Saturday’s FA Cup first qualifying round showdown against Sudbury.
In addition to the prospect of making progress, clubs who make it past this hurdle pocket £3,000.
“That’s a big incentive,” said Wilson. “It would help pay some bills and keep the wolves from the door.”
If Saturday’s game ends all-square, the replay will take place next Tuesday, instead of the Maldon clash.
The latter is a rearranged fixture, after the first match between the sides was abandoned at half-time because of torrential rain.
Burnham were leading a thrilling contest 4-3.
There will be reduced admission prices of £5 for adults, £3 for concessions and £1 for children and half the gate receipts will be donated to the Essex Air Ambulance.
Meanwhile, Ramblers lost 3-1 at Harlow on Saturday.
Billy Hunt gave them an early lead but Alex Read plundered a second-half hat-trick for the Hawks.
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