Howards seeks the right blend with Sleights

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FORMER Stakesby Arms FC manager James Howard has returned to local football by re-forming the Sleights name.

After seven years in charge, Howard (30) left the Arms, now Whitby Rugby Club FC, during the 2009/10 season.

He told the Whitby Gazette: “I wanted a break from it, so I decided to step back and reassess.

“We have a good strong squad and the ones with experience have played a few levels above and we have some good young players - hopefully they’ll blend well together.”

Although Sleights play their home games at Caedmon School, Howard is keen to play football in the village in the future and welcomes any help offered.

“We’re sorted for players, we’ve signed on a healthy amount,” he said.

“But I would encourage anyone in the village to get involved.

“Next season, we’re hoping to branch out, so there’s plenty of scope there.”

The ex-Whitby Town youth player thinks Snainton and Chris Headlam’s Rugby Club side will fare well this season.

He added: “I’d like to thank my lads for the hard work they’ve put in so far - they’ve grafted really well.”

Howard’s also grateful to those helping him out off the field.

“We’ve a good, experienced committee- -Jim Trott’s come on board, he’ll assist me.

“The Little Angel pub have ploughed a lot of money into the kit this year.

“And Fletcher and Woodhouse are our matchball sponsors, but we’re still looking for help.”

Howard’s Sleights side are looking for their first win on Wednesday evening when they visit Ayton Reserves in the Scarborough Saturday League Third Division. They’re at home on Saturday in cup action at Caedmon when Seamer Sports Reserves provide the opposition with a 1.30pm kick-off.