Cohen tipped to star

PUBLISHED: 14:05 02 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:34 06 May 2010

Gary Cohen netted his first City goal on Saturday

Gary Cohen netted his first City goal on Saturday

ATTACKER Gary Cohen is set for his second City start if Paul Hakim fails to recover from injury to face his former club tonight (Tuesday). Hakim went off injured after netting his third of the campaign in the rout of Eastleigh on Saturday and is rated doubtful

ATTACKER Gary Cohen is set for his second City start if Paul Hakim fails to recover from injury to face his former club tonight (Tuesday).

Hakim went off injured after netting his third of the campaign in the rout of Eastleigh on Saturday and is rated doubtful for the home fixture with Bishop's Stortford.

Cohen replaced Hakim on Saturday and added gloss to the victory with the fifth goal to round off a sizzling show. He picked up a pass from Ben Bowditch, sped away from Eastleigh right back Aaron Martin and lashed a low shot into the far corner.

City manager Steve Castle signed Cohen after a spell out of the game and has tipped the 24-year-old to impress. He said: "I got Gary Cohen in and he could be a good find for us. I may be getting another striker in and possibly a centre back. Gary has been out for two years which is a long time. We might have to start him on Tuesday. He has pace to burn and is a threat over the top. He will play on the shoulder of the centre back and he can be a very, very positive player for us."

Castle also signed defender Gordon Rieck, aged 18, on work experience from Southend United and he made a composed debut in the second half against Eastleigh. Castle said: "Gordon has come in for two weeks of work experience and hopefully by that time Ryan Frater will be back fit. Gordon has come in to see how things progress with him. In fairness I don't know too much about him but I hadn't really seen Luke Thurlbourne and we were made up with him."

Centre back Tobi Jinadu and striker Tom Youngs have been released after failing to force their way into the first team at Clarence Park.

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