Non-league - Cuckoos shocked as Hughes calls it a day

Rob Hughes has retired.
Rob Hughes has retired.

Yaxley have been rocked by the sudden retirement of one of their most influential players.

Midfield star Rob Hughes has hung up his boots in the aftermath of a sending off last Saturday (February 28).

Hughes received his marching orders in the dying moments of a 2-0 defeat at Cogenhoe which all but ended the Cuckoos’ hopes of lifting the United Counties League Premier Division title.

He collected two cautions in quick succession for speaking out of turn to the referee.

Boss Brett Whaley explained: “Myself and Rob spoke at length on Saturday night and again on Sunday.

“It transpires he has not been enjoying his football and he feels that taking time out of the game is the right thing for him to do.

“A lot of players would have continued to turn up and collect their money, but this shows what a genuine guy he is.

“He has really helped us kick on as a team and improve as individuals since coming to the club in the summer of 2013 and the door will always be open should he have a change of heart.”

Life without Hughes begins tonight (March 3) when third-placed Yaxley host red-hot Wisbech Town in a mouthwatering clash at In2itive Park.

The Fenmen have emerged as the likeliest challengers to table-topping AFC Rushden & Diamonds after reeling off 10 successive victories to climb into second spot in the standings.

They won all eight games during February to unsurprisingly earn boss Dick Creasey the manager-of-the-month gong.

Victory tonight would see them close the gap on Diamonds to just four points.

Huntingdon are out to end a run of seven successive defeats when they travel to AFC Kempston Rovers in the UCL Premier Division.