Haining loan under threat from injury

ROUNDED OFF IN STYLE: Lee Thorpe leaves the keeper helpless to score the first of his two against Bamber Bridge last night
ROUNDED OFF IN STYLE: Lee Thorpe leaves the keeper helpless to score the first of his two against Bamber Bridge last night
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FLEETWOOD Town boss Micky Mellon is worried that a shoulder injury could curtail defender Will Haining’s loan spell at Highbury, writes STEVE SIMPSON.

The Morecambe defender is to undergo a scan on a shoulder injury, and if the diagnosis is bad he would be forced to return to his parent club.

But Mellon is hoping it does not come to that.

He said: “Will could hardly lift his arm on Saturday for half an hour in the match with Grismby because it was so sore. It was very painful when he woke up on Sunday morning.

“It was typical of him that he carried on during the Grismby match.

“We would be gutted to lose Will as he has been brilliant since he has been with us.”

Town midfielder Steven Connors has joined Altrincham on loan.

He made his debut for his new club in the Blue Square Bet Premier clash against Kettering, which Altrincham won 3-2.

The deal will run until the end of the season but there is a recall clause.

Mellon said: “Connors is on 24-hour call-back. He has not played a lot of games and he needs to play.

“The opportunities are getting less and less for him to play for us, and the move to Altrincham gives him the chance to play some regular football.”

n Former Town manager Tony Greenwood returned to Highbury last night only to see his Bamber Bridge Reserves on the wrong end of a 6-0 thumping, writes DERICK THOMAS.

Town fielded a strong reserve side and led 2-0 at half-time after Sean Clancy tapped in Joe Camozzi’s cross and then Lee Thorpe rounded the keeper. Town improved after the break as Thorpe doubled his tally from a narrow angle.

Danny Rowe saw several shots blocked before scoring the fourth, then Clancy scored his second with a thunderous header and John Miles rolled home from close range after good work by Steve McNulty.

Defender Paul Linwood completed his first 90 minutes after a knee operation and said: “The knee was OK and I enjoyed it. I don’t think there will be too much reaction, just the usual stiffness after not playing for a while.”

Town ended the match with a goalkeeper in midfield after youth teamer Kieron O’Boyle came off the bench to replace two-goal Clancy.

“It was a different experience,” he said. “I was in my keeper’s kit and had to change. I managed to win a few balls and enjoyed myself but I think I’ll stick to goalkeeping!”

Fleetwood: Hurst (gk), Camozzi, Brown, McNulty, Linwood, Cavanagh, Miles, Pond, Clancy, Rowe; subs: O’Boyle, Christensen, Few