CORBY Town have come to Daventry Town’s rescue by loaning out goalkeeper Aaron Butcher for the rest of the season.
His debut will come against Rugby Town at Communications Park on Saturday.
A first team regular in the Blue Square North until recently, Butcher will replace Andy Kemp on a temporary basis as the Daventry number one is due to hold his stag night at the weekend.
Originally Stratford Town had promised to help out by providing either Richard Morris or former Daventry favourite Joe Mellings but the deal fell through when Morris was transferred to Barwell.
Town manager Ady Fuller (pictured) cast his net far and wide for a one-off replacement and even approached a personal friend who is the chief scout at West Ham United.
“I then spoke to Corby boss Graham Drury and he kindly agreed to let us have Butcher as cover until the end of the campaign.”
With tongue-in-cheek Fuller added: “I’ve tried everything to get Andy (Kemp) to play against Rugby and even offered to fly him to the stag do in the chairman’s private helicopter – unfortunately Iain Humphrey hasn’t got one!”
Defender Jason Lee fancies himself as an emergency goalkeeper but Fuller wisely preferred experienced cover in the form of the Corby player.
Now the manager is working on Kemp to be available on May 2 if Daventry are involved in the Central Division play-off final which comes just after his wedding day.
Loan signings cannot be made after March 31 – Daventry Town better get this one right after the Tom Berwick fiasco – but a seven-day approach has also been made for Woodford United central defender Chris Jackson.
The defensive shortage has occurred because the promising Callum Burgess has suffered a long-term ankle injury.
Meanwhile club captain Tom Fountain missed the Leighton Town match on Tuesday night because of a one-match ban picked up when receiving two yellow cards at Marlow.
Super-sub Josh Blake and the fit-again Tom Bates provide plenty of cover in midfield for a promotion-seeking Daventry side which is currently in the middle of a busy spell which brings four home games in eight days.
Work on re-seeding the Communications Park pitch will start within a month after the pitch has taken a hammering this winter from snow, frost, rain and frequent usage by the Town, Daventry United, Daventry Ladies and the U18 youth team.