Candystripes decide to release Elding

LOI Derry City v Drogheda Utd 27-3-15'Derry City's Anthony Elding with Mick Daly of Drogheda United at the Brandywell on Friday night. Picture Margaret McLaughlin � please by-line
LOI Derry City v Drogheda Utd 27-3-15'Derry City's Anthony Elding with Mick Daly of Drogheda United at the Brandywell on Friday night. Picture Margaret McLaughlin � please by-line

Anthony Elding has been released from his contract by Derry City, the striker having joined the “Candystripes” in February from Ballinamallard United.

Having made 11 appearances, the English man netted just two goals with Derry becoming the 26th senior club Elding has now served.

“It simply didn’t work out for Anthony at the Brandywell,” confirmed team boss, Peter Hutton.

“He’s a striker who depends heavily on ammunition coming from the flanks and, to be totally fair, we have been inconsistent on that particular front this season.

“The early loss of Stephen Dooley due to injury has certainly not helped us with Mark Timlin probably the only recognised winger we have who is fully fit at the moment.

“I felt it was only fair to inform him of my decision before the mid-season break, so that he can access his own options. He’s been a good professional and I’ve no doubt he will get another club once the Transfer Window opens in July,” added Hutton.

Meanwhile, hovering just three points above the Premier Division relegation zone, Derry travel to Drogheda United tonight for what is considered a “must win” fixture for the “Foylesiders.”

And with team captain, Ryan McBride, sent off for the second time this season, not to mention Dooley’s injury, the Derry boss is beginning to feel the pressure.

“I put pressure on myself and while the 4-1 defeat at Shamrock Rovers on Tuesday has certainly knocked us back, we’re anxious to enter the break of a positive frame of mind and we will get that with a favourable result in Drogheda.

“They are on a roll having enjoyed three wins on the spin and while we will certainly miss Ryan (McBride), we have options.

“It’s very important that he get something from the game and if we can play to our capabilities then we would go into the break in a positive frame of mind and that’s what we will be attempting to achieve.” he added.

Drogheda go into tonight’s game three points and two places above the Derry who last registered a win at United Park in May 2013 though Derry did defeat the “Boynesiders” 3-0 at the Brandywell earlier this season.