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Preedy quits Town post
1:29pm Friday 13th September 2013 in Football
LEDBURY Town are seeking a new manager following the shock early resignation of Phil Preedy during their West Midlands Football League Division One campaign.
Player-boss Preedy was assistant to Chris Powell during the club’s promotion from Division Two in their first season since switching back from the Herefordshire League.
Coach Paul Mann took temporary charge for last Saturday’s 1-1 draw with secondplaced Haughmond at New Street and looks set to continue in the role for tomorrow’s trip to Staffordshire side Stone Old Alleynians (3pm).
With Ledbury 10th in the table after five games, club officials have launched a search for Preedy’s replacement and are inviting applications for the position with a deadline of next Friday.
Mann will be hoping to secure a first win in three games for Ledbury after Dean Richards’ header three minutes from time secured unbeaten Haughmond a point, cancelling out Jamie Welch’s 34th-minute opener.
Ledbury also finished the match with 10 men after Joel Skyers was sent off for two yellow cards, both for dissent.
Tom Boyle was denied by visiting keeper Sam Jones twice in the first quarter-ofan-hour before Neil Gardiner and Joel Skyers were also thwarted.
The hosts’ pressure finally paid off when Ian Merrick delivered an inviting cross and Welch powered a header into the net.
Only 11 minutes of the second-half had elapsed when Skyers was booked for the second time and given his marching orders.
Haughmond were then awarded a penalty for handball against Tom Watkins soon after but keeper Lewis Skyers saved Richards’ spotkick.
The visitors threatened for the first time during the second period when a powerful strike from Dan Perry flew narrowly wide.
Ledbury managed to force a few more openings but paid the price for their profligacy in the 87th minute when Richards headed home the equaliser.
Meanwhile, Ledbury Town Reserves thrashed Kington Town Reserves 5-2 to progress in the Herefordshire FA Junior Cup with Andy Matthews, Adam McTear, Marc Wildig, Curt Williams and Ryan Williams on target.
- To apply for the vacant manager’s job, call 01531- 631463, visit ledburytownfc.
co.uk or write to Ledbury Town Football Club, New Street, Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 2EL.
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