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FOOTBALL: Isaac can make big time - Stein
11:00am Friday 4th January 2013 in Sport
Banbury United’s pacy winger Kynan Isaac could be on the road to becoming a professional footballer – should a trial at npower Championship side Ipswich prove a success.
The 20-year-old, who joined Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division Banbury United earlier in the season following his release by Oxford City, had a trial at Brighton which had to be cut short due to injury.
Now he has spent the week at Portman Road.
And Banbury manager Edwin Stein believes Isaac has all the qualities needed to succeed at the highest level.
“He’s got a hell of a chance,” said Stein. “Mick McCarthy (Ipswich boss) is a good, fair manager and he will have a good look at him.
“You can see the desire and the hunger Kynan has to succeed and you have to feed it.
“He has been excellent and I can’t fault his commitment.
“He’s led the line well for me and created havoc among opposition defences. He’s a joy to have around.
“He’s definitely got the ability to do it. He’s well made up. It’s now down to Ipswich – it’s their call.”
Banbury will be without Warren Plowright (knee) for tomorrow’s home game with Barwell.
Didcot Town boss Gary Elkins is hoping to persuade Abingdon United skipper to make the switch to their Division 1 South & West rivals.
Elkins will next week talk to Carnell about a move.
“I’ve been a long-time admirer of Luke, who has experience and presence.
“We tried to get him at the end of last season.”
However, Abingdon boss Richie Bourne said: “It feels a bit like tat-for-tat because we took their captain (Gareth Thomas), but I am confident he won’t be going anywhere.
Didcot could give a debut to Joel Meade, if he signs from Banbury in time for Cirencester Town’s visit.
They hope to bring in midfielders Ryan Crockford and Matty Jack on loan from Hungerford.
“Ryan has a lot of experience and last year was at Hayes & Yeading,” said Elkins. “Matty and Joel have played at this level for years.”
Jack Bernasconi comes into tomorrow’s squad.
Meanwhile, striker Aaron Woodley (thigh) faces a fitness test ahead of Abingdon’s trip to Evesham.Toby Nowell is unavailable.
North Leigh manager Mark Gee has expressed his joy after their first win for ten games – a victory at Abingdon.
“The main emotion was relief,” said Gee, whose side host fifth-place Merthyr Tydfil.
“We weren’t playing badly, but weren’t scoring.
“It’s amazing what one win can do with the league as tight as it is.
“We now have to use that confidence against Merthyr.”
Banbury Utd (v Barwell, home): from Kidd, Cray, R Plowright, Meade, Allen, Agyeman-Prempeh, Martin, Sharif, Skendi, Isaac, Bridges, Talabi, Dumbleton, Lait, Ryan.
Didcot Tn (v Cirencester Tn, home): from Belloli-Pereira, Casson, Osborne-Ricketts, Elkins, Stanley, Tappin, Heapy, Haysham, Webb, Williams, T Janes, Noble, Bernasconi, Browne, Harris, Pereira.
North Leigh (v Merthyr, home): from Warrell, Hole, Organ, Turk, Franklin, Caton, Walcott, Bowles McDonough, Sanders, Hopkins, Walcott, Brooks, Mills, Westlake, Coyle.
Abingdon Utd (v Evesham, away): from Foster, Baker, Taplin, Carnell, Thomas, Melledew, Tucker, Evans, Biddle, Self, Woodley, Kingston, Whitehead, Riccio.