LONG BUCKBY: Boss Mason keen to hold on to hot-shot Crawley

Long Buckby boss Phil Mason
Long Buckby boss Phil Mason

Long Buckby boss Phil Mason admits he might find it difficult to hold on to goal-getter Josh Crawley.

The 20-year-old striker has scored seven goals in the first six games of this season, propelling Buckby up to seventh in the UCL Premier Division.

Mason brought Crawley to Buckby having worked with the youngster during his time at Woodford United.

But the Buckby manager admits it will be tough to keep the player at step five level after his recent heroics.

“It’s one of those,” said Mason. “How long can I keep him?

“Josh has got a fantastic attitude and he’s only 20.

“I had him at Woodford before I left and he didn’t play for a year due to work commitments.

“He’s not the finished article yet, but him and Broady (Buckby keeper James Broadbent) are the reasons we’ve got as many points as we have.”

Mason, who takes the Bucks to Greenhouse London in the first qualifying round of the FA Vase on Saturday, remains eager to add to his squad.

He has recently snapped up former Woodford and Kettering midfielder Wes Emery and is now searching for more new signings.

Mason said: “We need a few more old heads. We’re still four or five players light and it’s not been resolved yet.”