Jai Reason could miss Iron’s Forest Green test
INFLUENTIAL midfielder Jai Reason is a major doubt for Braintree Town’s home clash with Forest Green Rovers today.
The 21-year-old picked up a dead leg on international duty for England C during their 3-1 defeat against Gibraltar in midweek. The former Ipswich trainee has scored seven goals from midfield this season but could miss out against a side that have taken 14 points from a possible 27 on the road this season and have won their last three league games.
“Jai has got a dead leg and it will be a blow if he misses the game but, at the same time, it will give someone else an opportunity to come in and impress,” said manager Alan Devonshire.
Reason was joined by skipper Kenny Davis in the national squad in midweek and while disappointed at Reason’s injury, Devonshire was delighted with his midfield man’s call-up.
“It was fantastic for the club that Jai and Kenny were picked,” said the former West Ham man.
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“We could have had a few more in the side as well and it shows that we are doing something right at the football club.”
Apart from Reason, Devonshire has no fresh injury worries and could include new signing Dean Wells in his squad for the first time.
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Wells has just spent a month at Blue Square Bet South side Staines and has been brought in to try and plug a gap in Town’s leaky defence which has conceded 25 goals in its last eight games
“I had Dean for six years at Hampton & Richmond after he was released by Brentford,” said the Iron boss.
“He is an all-round good defender and is a good passer of the ball who I think can make the step up.
“He (Wells) will probably start on the bench.”
Meanwhile, Chelmsford City host Bromley today with boss Glenn Pennyfather urging fans to dig out their old Clartets shirts as part of the club’s ‘Retro Weekend’.
Pennyfather will be without Ricky Modeste Greg Morgan and the suspended Cliff Akurang.
Under-11s can watch today’s game for free with admission for adults �11.50.