CARL ADAMS believes Stratford Town’s burgeoning Southern League Premier Division form could cost them the services of Rob Thompson-Brown.
The Town boss confirmed Redditch United had made an approach for midfielder Thompson-Brown and can speak to the player next week.
Thompson-Brown helped Town win promotion last season after joining in February but he has slipped out of the starting XI in recent weeks.
Saturday’s 1-1 home draw with highly-rated Weymouth – in which Jamie Sheldon netted for Town – ended a run of four successive wins in all competitions, with Thompson-Brown not involved in the matchday 16.
Adams admits former Kidderminster, Hednesford and Halesowen player Thompson-Brown could exit to the Reds.
“I genuinely don’t want the lad to go but I don’t know why he would want to leave to go to Redditch, in the same league as us. That seems ridiculous.
“I think he has got a bit frustrated not getting into the team but the lads are playing so well. I want players to fight for their places.”
If Thompson-Brown does depart, Town’s squad will not be left short with both top scorer Edwin Ahenkorah and Richard Gregory now back fit after injury.
Gregory was a substitute last time out while Ahenkorah will be available after his hamstring niggle for Tuesday’s home match against King’s Lynn Town.
Town have no game on Saturday because scheduled opponents Hungerford Town are in the FA Trophy. The away match has been rearranged for Monday, February 1.
Adams admits the ten-day break is annoying, considering their rich vein of form, and it will leave Town with a further fixture to make up on the teams around them.
“It’s just a shame we haven’t got a game because we are playing well,” said Adams.
“Saturday was frustrating after conceding a 93rd-minute penalty. We have dropped eight points now in the final minutes of games so that’s something we need to address.
“But to come away disappointed with a point against a team like Weymouth shows we’ve come a long way. A 3-1 win for would have been a fair reflection.
“For six or seven weeks, I’ve been hammering home the message about being consistent and now we’ve lost two out of 13 games. The players are all getting it together.”