Westies hopeful of keeping Joe

Team shot and all head pics of Westfield Football Club, Parish Field, Westfield.'18.09.10.'Picture by: TONY COOMBES PHOTOGRAPHY'Joe Barham
Team shot and all head pics of Westfield Football Club, Parish Field, Westfield.'18.09.10.'Picture by: TONY COOMBES PHOTOGRAPHY'Joe Barham

Westfield are hopeful that their leading scorer will remain at the club amid interest from elsewhere.

Nine-goal Joe Barham has been the subject of a seven-day approach from fellow Sussex County Football League Division Two side Bexhill United.

Westfield joint manager Tony Harris, who described Barham as “unplayable” in the 1-0 victory away to Bexhill last month, said: “Joe seems quite happy so we’re hopeful that won’t come to anything.”

With resources stretched to breaking point, Westfield have lost their last three matches and have conceded 15 goals, although 11 of them admittedly came against the division’s top two teams in Hailsham Town and East Preston.

Bexhill joint manager Darrol Parris said: “We talked about players that we’ve seen that have stood out and Joe Barham stood out when he played us. I thought he ripped us apart. What he does I don’t know, but it’ll nice just to have a chat with him because he was quality.”

Having played nine consecutive games away from home, Westfield will return to their own ground for the first time since September 3 for a John O’Hara League Cup second round tie against Dorking Wanderers on Saturday.

See tomorrow’s Observers for all the latest on Westfield and Bexhill United.