Dudfield set for return against Histon tonight

Jason Lee.
Jason Lee.

LAWRIE Dudfield looks set to return to action for Boston United tonight... as the Pilgrims suffer a striker crisis.

Attackers Ryan Semple, Kevin Holsgrove, Mikel Suarez, Mickey Stones and Julian Joachim are all injury doubts ahead of tonight’s home clash against Histon (KO 7.45pm).

The injuries piled up during Saturday’s 2-1 victory at Workington, leaving 20-year-old defender Tom Ward to play the last 15 minutes as a makeshift striker.

And with Marc Newsham the only recognised frontman fully fit, 31-year-old Dudfield was called in by Pilgrims boss Jason Lee.

Dudfield, who had spells with the Pilgrims in League Two in 2005-06 and the Blue Square Bet North last season, turned down a contract offer in the summer.

He said work commitments meant he could not promise to be available every game.

But he and his mate Lee had a gentleman’s agreement that, if needed, he would answer the call.

And true to his word, Dudfield will come out of retirement for the second time.

This does his old Pilgrims and Notts County teammate Lee a massive double favour, as he was not keen to name himself on the teamsheet.

“You need someone on the bench to watch from the sides,” said Lee, whose fellow boss Lee Canoville will play tonight.

“If I was on there we’d only have Katie Cooper (the physio) on the bench.

“You need to be impartial and see how things pan out from the sidelines.”

And in a joking swipe at his players, Lee added: “The other reason is that, if I play, the other’s won’t have a chance of getting back into the team.”

Of the walking wounded, Semple (hamstring) and Holsgrove (dead leg) are the most likely to feature.

Histon were relegated from the Blue Square Bet Premier last season.

On Saturday, they drew 2-2 with Blyth Spartans.

“We’ll expect a mixed bag from them,” said Lee.

“They look to be a young side.

“It’s tough to gauge how a side will line up against you so soon after pre-season.”