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LEE & HODDER OUT ON LOAN, AYLING RETURNS

LEE & HODDER OUT ON LOAN, AYLING RETURNS

Dave Buckingham16 Feb 2016 - 13:36
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First team understudy keeper Robbie Lee has headed out on loan to Tollesbury of the Essex and Suffolk Border league whilst reserve team midfielder Sam

The opportunity of playing regularly is something I aim to grab with both hands and will give me the practice to improve all aspects of my game and keep me developing as a keeper
- Robbie Lee

Hodder has joined West Bergholt also of the Border league on loan where he scored a brace on his debut. Central defender Kieron Ayling has returned to North Road having completed his loan spell at FC Clacton whom he has been with since late October.

Lee has joined Tollesbury who play at the Garrison in Colchester until the end of the season.

The Official Website caught up with Robbie Lee for a chat about his move.

Robbie who made his first team debut in the R's second half at Brentwood Town in the Essex Senior Cup in October is looking forward to the experience with Tollesbury, Lee said ''Looking forward to game time, making the most of the opportunity and enjoying my football and improving every aspect of my game which will help me progress in the long run''

Tollesbury are in the lower half of the Border League Premier and will be looking for an upturn in fortunes, the greens are still in the D'arcy Cup having made it to the Semi Final where they will play at home to Hullbridge Sports or Burnham Ramblers and Robbie has his sights set on helping steer them clear of the bottom whilst aiming to reach a Cup Final. ''I feel that it is very important for me to do everything in my power to help lift and steer them (Tollesbury) clear of the bottom of the table, if I'm not conceding then they can't lose''

Lee has set himself a target of keeping a minimum of three clean sheets between now and the end of the season and is familiar with the Border league, Brightlingsea themselves were at that level six years ago and Lee has playing experience within the division, Robbie described it as a ''strong league with a lot of physical presence with some teams trying to do what Regent have themselves done in recent years and work their way through the steps''

Robbie told the Official website just before heading off that he will be looking to enhance ''agility, fitness and speed and an all round game play'' as well as maintaining and improving on his handling and distribution which he proudly says are some of his notable strengths.

First Team Manager James Webster on Robbie and Sam going on loan and on Kieron's loan at Clacton now ending ''It's great experience for these young players to be experiencing first team playing time and they will come back to us stronger having had this time away''

James Webster would like to place his thanks on record to all three clubs for accommodating the respective players

Robbie Lee on regular first team football: ''The opportunity of playing regularly is something I aim to grab with both hands and will give me the practice to improve all aspects of my game and keep me developing as a keeper, I will miss everyone at Regent whilst I'm on loan and they have all made me feel welcome since joining them since season, there is so much character in the dressing room and a great set of coaches helping players achieve on the field results''

Robbie Lee on Cup semi final: ''Of course playing in a semi final is a great opportunity and experience but it's the same as any other game where a win is the result we want and I'd do my utmost to get that win and progress into the final''

Tollesbury play away at Earls Colne this weekend whilst West Bergholt are away to the University of Essex, the semi final of the Tolleshunt D'arcy Cup for Tollesbury is expected to be played over the next two weeks or so.

Finally, Lee had special praise for first team keeper Sam Cowler who he says he has ''already learnt a lot from through his professionalism from when he (Cowler) was with league clubs in West Ham and Barnet''.

Robbie's message to the first team was quite simple ''go get them play offs'', you get the feeling he will be tuned into all aspects of the Clubs information feeds as well as staying focused on the latest chapter and a quest to keep Tollesbury away from the bottom places of the Border League.

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