With Gough on the loose, young pair might bide their time

AARON Gough has been given a licence to roam but Albury City’s young guns Paddy Brown and Lionel Masudi are no certain starters in the clash against Diamonds tomorrow.

City is looking to frank its form in the build-up to the cup finals against a Diamonds side that is also on the rise.

Keeper Campbell Taylor said Gough’s ability to get forward had added to their strike power.

The English defender was last year a key to City’s rise late in the season when he was anchored in the backline.

“Aaron made it pretty clear when he returned to the club that he was keen on having a bit more freedom,” Taylor said.

“He has been given that in the past couple of games and that mixed it up for us.

“The move creates a lot of opportunities for the team.

“He takes a lot of body strength up forward, is someone we can bounce balls off and probably something we have lacked in the past.”

Brown started in City’s 2-0 win against Hotspurs, while Masudi came off the bench to slot home the sealer.

Taylor said both were more than capable of playing senior football but had spent most of the year in their age group.

“We are very conscious that if we over qualify them for senior football, we rob them of continuing with their first commitment to the under-16s and thirds,” he said.

“Had it been half way through the season, we would look at Masudi as a starting striker — he has plenty of potential.”