Yaxley: Clarke back with Cuckoos

Lee Clarke. Photo: (c) Dave Budden 2013
Lee Clarke. Photo: (c) Dave Budden 2013
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One-time Posh player Lee Clarke has returned to his footballing roots by signing for Yaxley.

Clarke began his senior career with the Cuckoos at the beginning of the century before being snapped up by the Posh talent-spotters.

Now 31 and having enjoyed a lengthy career at the highest levels of non-league football, he is back at Yaxley.

Clarke, a goalscoring midfield player, helped them strengthen their grip on third place in the United Counties League Premier Division standings with a hard-fought 3-2 success at Boston Town last Saturday.

His stay may only be temporary as he has been strongly linked with a switch to St Neots Town after leaving Conference South side St Albans City, but he is eligible for an FA Vase trip to Brantham Athletic on Saturday.

Boss Brett Whaley said: “It is great to have Lee around - no matter how long he stays.

“We’ve got a very busy spell of games and everyone knows our squad is not the biggest.

“I know he has a deal provisionally in place at St Neots, but in the short term he needs to get games and we can help in that respect.”

Yaxley can create a slice of history with victory on the East coast on Saturday. The club has never gone beyond the third round of the Vase.

Brantham are in the bottom half of the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division and Yaxley have already seen off two higher-placed sides - Godmanchester Rovers and Fakenham Town - from that league during their Vase run.

Whaley added: “Brantham don’t have a lot to play for in their league so we can rest assured they will put absolutely everything into the Vase game, but we would love to progress further than Yaxley have ever managed before.”