Lowestoft Town interested in Leiston striker
Lowestoft Town director of football Craig Fleming has confirmed the Blues' interest in Leiston striker Nathan Stone.
The former Kirkley & Pakefield hitman is one of a number of players the Trawlerboys are monitoring to provide a boost to their promotion tilt but Leiston are determined to hold on to the 27-year-old as they go for the title in the Ryman League Division One North.
'He (Stone) is one of a number of players that we are looking at bringing in,' said Fleming. 'We like him but he is contracted to Leiston and, as such, is their player.
'We are interested in him – he is big, aggressive and we like him but, as I said, he is contracted to Leiston and we want to do everything through the right channels.'
Lowestoft's match against Cray Wanderers last Sunday was postponed due to the freezing conditions that have gripped the country recently but the management team are determined to bring in reinforcements after the below-par display at Kingstonian last time out, which ended in a 2-0 defeat.
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Fleming is confident his players will not offer up a repeat performance again when they entertain the K's, weather permitting, at Crown Meadow tomorrow.
The squad held clear-the-air talks in the aftermath of that defeat and Fleming believes the players will be looking to right the wrongs displayed at Kingsmeadow.
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'Only half the team turned up against Kingstonian – I'm not one for having a go at players, but it's safe to say we had a good chat that night.
'The good thing was that the players that did put in the work had a pop at the lads who underperformed – that's healthy. As a player you listen a lot more to criticism from your team-mates. To be fair to the players they have been as good as gold, but on a big night when we could have gone top of the league and laid down a marker there wasn't the enthusiasm there that you would expect.'
Fleming said the club are determined to get tomorrow's game to go ahead to avoid a fixture pile-up at the end of the season.
'We just want games – I don't know why the league starts as late as it does because it can lead to problems later on in the season when you are playing Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday. We are still in two cup competitions so we don't want to get into that situation.'