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Maldon and Tiptree boss Spillane sings Cleaver's praises
5:06pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in Sport
MALDON & TIPTREE manager Terry Spillane has sung the praises of goal king Jacob Cleaver.
The front man, on a three-month loan from Conference South side Concord Rangers, netted twice in Monday’s dramatic 3-2 win at Aveley.
It left Maldon third in Ryman One North, with five wins from seven games and in buoyant mood ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup showdown at home to arch rivals Heybridge Swifts.
Cleaver’s late winner came after Aveley had stormed back from 2-0 down.
And Spillane said: “I couldn’t be happier to have signed Jacob.
“He’s someone I’ve been chasing for six to eight weeks, having caught my eye when he was scoring goals for my old side, Redbridge.
“I went in for him in the summer but, rightly, he wanted to test himself at Conference South level, having been offered a trial at Concord.
“They rate him highly but he’s only made a few substitute appearances so far, so they’ve let him join us until Christmas.
“He’s certainly a player who knows where the back of the net is.
“He’s a likeable kid and very keen to learn.
“I’m sure he’ll do an excellent job during his time here and maybe further down the line there’s a chance we might be able to keep him until the end of the season.”
Cleaver joined last week and made his debut in Saturday’s 2-1 victory against Waltham Forest.
Maldon took the lead on Monday through Glen Golby’s unstoppable header – following a pinpoint Kevin McLeod free-kick – and Cleaver’s clever chipped finish made it 2-0.
Aveley rallied through Danny Hopkins and Jay Leader and then missed a penalty before Cleaver’s winner.
“It’s a very happy ship at the moment,” said Spillane.
“We’re playing well and creating lots of chances.”
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