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[09 OCT 98] VS RUGBY NEWS
VS Injury Crisis

VS Rugby boss Martin Sockett is seething after finding out a club is trying to poach striker Ian Scott.

A club from the Premier Division actually called Scott in the Hinckley clubhouse after VS had won a point against the Leicestershire side in midweek.

Sockett said:

"We have had lots of clubs put in seven days notice to talk to players but not in this case. Once I find out who is responsible then I will discuss the matter with my directors and we will decide what action to take."

To make matters worse, VS Rugby have an injury crisis on their hands as they prepare to entertain Western Super Mare on Saturday.

Five players are struggling to recover after the 1-1 draw at Hinckley in midweek and Sockett will leave selection as late as possible to give them every chance of making the fixture.

Defender Kieren Sullivan is the biggest doubt with a hamstring problem but midfielders Simon Mason (back) and Gary Smith (calf) and strikers Matty Owen (calf) and Ian Scott (groin) are also struggling to be fit.

Socket added:

"We thought we were very unlucky in midweek. We went a goal up when Ashley Warner scored. He has got something like five in five games and is on a good run. That said, he and others had more chances and really we should have finished them off.

"They scored with a penalty, which I thought was very harsh and then Lee Harriman was brought down and the referee waved play on – it was incredible."
  

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