Thursday 27th October 2005

Walker: Roser has been our target for a long time

With Maidstone United's biggest game of the season looming this Saturday, coach Alan Walker was delighted to have signed Craig Roser from Ryman League Division One neighbours Tonbridge Angels, reports www.maidstoneunited.co.uk

The left sided midfielder will be eligible to play in Saturday's FA Vase First Round tie at North Leigh.

"He's been a target for us for a long time so we were delighted when he accepted an offer to play for Maidstone this week," revealed Walker.

"I believe his style of football will fit in with our style of play very well and he is a very versatile player able to play along the left-side as well at centre-half.

"He is a reliable and tough tackling player and will definitely gives us a few more options on the left.

"Lloyd (Hume) and myself have always said we will bring in players who will strengthen the squad and Craig Roser will definitely be an asset to the club.

"He is also a local boy, living in Larkfield and this clubs policy has always been to use local talent where possible."

Looking forward to the trip to Oxfordshire on Saturday, Walker felt that preparations for the game were going well following their 5-1 win at Sporting Bengal last Saturday.

"It was a pretty easy win on Saturday," said Walker. "But I was still disappointed as we looked far too complacent in front of goal and I still don't think this squad has yet to 'click'.

"However, there is no doubt this squad has moved forward from last year and we're winning games like this rather than struggling like we did last year.

"The Kent League is a tough league to get out of but I feel the players we've brought in have now adapted to this level, but it has taken a while.

"As for Saturday, we know North Leigh are a very good, organised side, but we are being forced into one change as Nick Hegley has family commitments which mean he can't play.

"It was something he arranged at the start of the season as we were due to play VCD in the league cup, but as things turned put, he will sadly miss the FA Vase game.

"That was part of our reasoning behind replacing him last Saturday, as well as the fact he is still suffering with a slight strain. We used Lee Sperring in that role against Sporting Bengal and it's something we'll have to assess before making our selection for Saturday.

"One thing is for certain is that we'll be looking for your tremendous support again on Saturday. We know the fans prefer these away days and the players understand the difficulties of trying to create an atmosphere at Sittingbourne.

"But they know they have a job to do as the club works tirelessly behind the scenes to bring the club home and we'll certainly be doing all we can to take us into the next round."

For those unable to make the game on Saturday, the Stones will be running their live text commentary service 'The Match LIVE!' so follow the link which they'll place on the front page of www.maidstoneunited.co.uk on Saturday morning.

North Leigh v Maidstone United
FA Vase First Round
Saturday 29th October 2005
Kick Off 3:00pm