Hessenthaler hopes Newson will get chance to impress

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GILLINGHAM manager Andy Hessenthaler has not given up hope of offering Needham Market’s Sam Newson a chance to impress at the npower League Two outfit, despite the striker missing his proposed trial this week through injury.

Ryman League Division One North’s leading marksman, who has scored an impressive 21 goals in just 20 league games, was due to travel to Kent on Sunday to spend four days training with the Gills.

However, the 23-year-old had to be stretchered off during the Marketmen’s 1-0 league defeat at home to Chatham Town on Saturday, suffering a knee injury after a 75th-minute collision with visiting goalkeeper Tim Roberts.

That cruelly halted Hessenthaler’s plans to take a closer look at Newson, but speaking the official Gillingham website earlier this week, the Gills’ manager is still hopeful the striker will able to visit the club at a later date, once he has recovered from his injury.

He said: “He’s scored a lot of goals and clubs at this level are always open to looking at these sort of players.

“There was an opportunity for us to look at the lad but unfortunately he picked up an injury in his game on Saturday. How long he’s going to be out, we’re not sure, but hopefully we can get him back down here and have a look at him.”