Sheffield Wednesday loanee Jonathan Fusco can shine without any Fus’, says Hallam boss Ryan Hindley

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Hallam boss Ryan Hindley believes that Jonathan Fusco can make a similar impact at Sandygate Road as Jake Wright did during his spell at the club.

Wright grabbed the attention after hitting 14 goals in seven games while on work experience from Sheffield United. He has since returned to his parent club, before joining to Evo-Stik Premier Division side Ilkeston FC on a similar agreement.

Jonathan Fusco

Jonathan Fusco

But since joining the Countrymen from Sheffield Wednesday on work experience just before Christmas, Fusco has shown he is more than capable of filling Wright’s boots - scoring four goals in his last four outings.

“Jono will create a lot of goals as well as scoring them,” said the Hallam boss.

“I think Jono could play as a winger or in midfield, as well as up front. He drops deep, has a good passing range and his first touch is excellent.”

Fusco certainly showed all those attributes in Hallam’s 2-1 win against Eccleshill United.

The youngster brilliantly took down a high ball out wide on the left before delivering an inch-perfect crossfield pass to Elliott Simpson, whose cross was headed in by Michael Blythen to give Hallam a first half lead.

Fusco then showed his goalscoring qualities by cutting inside from James Reed’s pass to hit a blistering drive into the opposite corner for what proved to be the winner, with visitors pulling one back late on.

“I thought Jono was excellent on Saturday,” added Hindley.

“He is getting better game by game.

“I just hope we can keep him for the rest of the season because he is going to be a very, very good player.”

Meanwhile, Dronfield Town stalwart striker Nick Horsfield has reached the milestone of 350 appearances for the Division One side.

Horsfield has played for the club since its formation in 1998 and has helped them to achieve eight promotions, as the Derbyshire outfit progressed through the Hope Valley League, the Midlands Regional Alliance League and Central Midlands League into the NCEL, where they are in their second campaign.

Town boss Craig Butler paid tribute to the long serving player: “Managing Nick is an absolute pleasure where his kind, quiet nature is marked by an inner drive, determination and will to compete and succeed,” he said.

“Nick is very well respected within Dronfield and miles beyond and I am personally delighted he’s achieved such a tremendous milestone.”

Horsfield, who is equally adept on the left side of midfield, is the club’s leading scorer this season with eight goals as the Stonelow club - currently second from bottom - battle to retain their NCEL status.

Meanwhile, it is understood that striker Lee Whittington has agreed to join Staveley Miners Welfare after recently leaving Premier Division Handsworth Parramore.

Whittington, the Ambers’ top scorer last season with 34 goals, had already bagged 16 this term and is believed to have turned down offers from clubs at a higher level to join Matt Colliver’s side.

Worksop Town missed out on the opportunity to narrow the gap on leaders Tadcaster Albion after being held to a 1-1 draw by mid-table Garforth Town at Sandy Lane on Wednesday evening.

The Tigers looked to have won it though when Tom Elliott was brought down in the area and Kyle Jordan stroked home the penalty to give Mark Shaw’s side an 84th minute lead.

However, just three minutes later Garforth snatched an equaliser as Mark Simpson lobbed keeper Jon Stewart from a ball over the top to cap a frustrating evening.