Former Soham Town Rangers striker signs for Haverhill Borough

New Haverhill Borough striker George Darling (right) playing for former club Soham Town Rangers against Newcastle Town in 2013
New Haverhill Borough striker George Darling (right) playing for former club Soham Town Rangers against Newcastle Town in 2013

Haverhill Borough have strengthened their attacking options with the signing of former Soham Town Rangers striker George Darling.

The 21-year-old has signed in time to play in fifth-placed Borough’s Easter Monday Thurlow Nunn League First Division derby at third-placed Saffron Walden Town (3pm kick off).

This season Darling has been playing in the Kershaw Premier League for Fulbourn Institute, scoring nine times in 28 appearances, but last season made 20 appearances, scoring four times, for Ryman League Division One North outfit Soham.

Borough player-manager Martin Westcott was delighted with his new acquisition, who will play one final time for Fulbourn on Saturday before switching to his new club.

“I think he knows (Borough midfielder) Aaron Forshaw who put me in touch with him,” said Westcott.

“I met with him and he agreed to join, which is fantastic for us and fantastic for me because it means I can play a little bit less.

“He is only young and still keen to play at the highest level he can but of course you want to be successful as well.

“He’s excited about what we can offer and also there’s a place for him, he’s not coming in to take anyone’s spot. We are short in that area.

“The boys are very excited to have him on board.”

Westcott works with Cambridge City player-coach Neil Midgley, who knows Darling from the time he was involved with their youth set up.

Westcott explained: “All the signs are good for us really. Talking to Neil Midgley he said he’s a really hard worker and that will really suit the way we play as well.

“What I think he (Darling) was most impressed with when I spoke to him was that the team is very young as well.

“Most of our team is 21 and under.”

Before Monday’s derby, Borough take on Woodbridge Town at the New Croft on Saturday (3pm) and will be able to call on the services of both centre-back Cameron Watson and striker Lee Salmons, who both missed last Saturday’s 1-0 loss at Great Yarmouth Town.

Skipper Ryan Weaver serves the last of a two game on Saturday, but returns on Monday.