Eames signed as Magpies look for FA Cup glory

PUBLISHED: 11:04 14 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:31 06 May 2010

Jake Parratt back in action for the Magpies on Saturday

Jake Parratt back in action for the Magpies on Saturday

Molten Spartan South Midlands Premier Division Colney Heath 1 Langford 4 Colney Heath 0 Holmer Green 0 — Match Abandoned COLNEY Heath have swooped to sign midfielder Jamie Eames after his trial spell with St Albans City during the summer.

The Magpies look to spark. Pics Dave Harris

Molten Spartan South Midlands Premier Division

Colney Heath 1 Langford 4

Colney Heath 0 Holmer Green 0 - Match Abandoned

COLNEY Heath have swooped to sign midfielder Jamie Eames after his trial spell with St Albans City during the summer.

Eames, from Colney Heath, moved to the Norwich City academy before joining Stevenage Borough for a spell. He looked set for a switch to St Albans City after some impressive pre-season performances but the Magpies have secured his signature. Joint boss Scott Lacey is delighted. He said: "Signing Jamie Eames is a huge plus for us. He is a local lad. He started last night (Tuesday) and is an absolutely awesome player."

The talented midfielder could go into the squad for the match at Stotfold in the FA Cup sponsored by e.on Extra Preliminary Round, kick off 3pm.

Heath joint managers Lacey and Wesley Awad have already added classy striker Richard Howard, formerly with Chesham United, and young forward Jake Parratt to their squad in the summer. Parratt starred for the Magpies before moving on to Welwyn Garden City last term but has now returned to the Recreation Ground. The match at Stotfold will give the Magpies a chance to progress in the cup for the first time in their history. Lacey said: "We need to put in a strong performance against what is a good side. They won their first league game and it will be a big test for our boys. It would be nice to take the club forward in the cup."

Toby Morrissey, Chad Morrissey and Lee Rickard will all be missing on Saturday but the Magpies will hope that Neil Jordan and Danny Bright continue their excellent start to the season.

Striker Howard opened his account for the Magpies in the 4-1 league reversal at home to Langford on Saturday. Lacey is confident that Howard will fire in regular goals for the club and despite the 4-1 result, was upbeat about the display in the opening Premier Division match. He said: "We were a little bit naïve in the first half. They picked us off and outmuscled us a little bit. We totally dominated the second half and they had one attack and scored. We hit the crossbar twice and the post twice and their manager said it was not a 4-1 game. Richard Howard is a great player. He is going to get goals all year for us. We are still looking for a good top-eight finish."

l On Tuesday the match against Holmer Green at the Recreation Ground was abandoned at half time due to an electrical failure. The outstanding Jake Parratt showed his skills during the first period and Lacey felt his side were set to go on and claim their first win of the campaign. He said: "We dominated for 40 minutes. I would have put my house on getting all three points if the game had carried on. It was a good display and we really bounced back well from Saturday which I asked them to do.

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