Doncaster Young Gun’s Dream Double Début For Imps.
The Imps capture of former Doncaster Rovers striker Waide Fairhurst is remarkable given the competition we faced for the lad. Rovers loaned him to Shrewsbury Town, Southend United & Hereford United. Donny then released him and he opted to join Simmo at Macclesfield Town. Waide turned down a bigger offer in the summer to rejoin his old manager at Lincoln and marked his debut with a winning double in a match winning display against big spending Forest Green Rovers.
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Having gone 1-0 down to a cross-cum-shot from Barry, on 19 minutes, Waide pounced on a cross from Newton to unnerve Stokes, cut inside him, them switched feet to slam home with his left. The goal machine was up and running just 25 minutes into his Sincil Bank bow, Fairhurst was also denied by a brilliant save and fired wide on two occasions before he brought the house down.
With 5 minutes on the clock Newton fed the goal machine again, Waide took a touch before hammering a hay-maker into the top corner to have the ground on its feet. The 2-1 win lifts the Imps to 4th, level on points with next opponents Cambridge who top the Skrill Premier thanks to a superior goal difference of 3. The way Fairhurst is wading in their lead may not last for long.
A prolific youth striker for Doncaster Rovers, Waide scored two goals in two starts after signing his first pro deal. It was hard for the youngster to break into the Rovers first 11 during his three year deal, which showed faith in itself. His debut came against Coventry, with Doncaster enjoying a phase in the Championship following a meteoric rise, playing it has to be said, some princely passing football. They destroyed us in a cup game one Tuesday night. Wade layed on an assist against Palace, then scored against WBA and Ipswich.
With chances few and far between in the Championship, Waide went on loan to Shrewsbury, in October 2009, grabbing 4 goals in 10 appearances. Alas he was forced to cut the loan short and returned to Rovers in the December thanks to injury. After 6 weeks out with a broken toes he got two goalless opportunities against WBA and Ipswich. The following season Southend took him for a month before Hereford stepped in during Feb 2010. He bagged a brace on his debut against Cheltenham, scored two games later in the 1-1 draw with Northampton, before failing to find the net in a further dozen games in a struggling side.
Simmo signed him for Macc and it is fair to say he began to blossom after Gary left. Last season Waide hit 13 goals in 43 games for the Silkmen, including braces against Woking and Braintree. He is not the tallest, but he has a competitive streak about him. He has a good touch and the look of a young Jamie Taylor about him. His first touch is championship level and his predatory instincts first class. He got two thirds of 79 shots on target last season, adding 3 assists to his decent 13 goal tally.
Well played Waide – 9 out of 10 for a match-winning performance.
Imp Stats 2013/14
Macclesfield Stats 2012/13
Tale of the Tape
|FULL NAME||Waide Simon Fairhurst|
|DATE OF BIRTH||7 May 1989 (age 24)|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Sheffield, England|
|HEIGHT||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 11 st (69.84kg)|
|CONTRACT: ONE YEAR (PLUS OPTION)|
|CURRENT CLUB||Lincoln City|
|2009||Solihull Moors (loan)||5||(2)|
|2009–2010||Shrewsbury Town (loan)||10||(4)|
|2010||Southend United (loan)||3||(0)|
|2011||Hereford United (loan)||16||(3)|
Posted on August 18, 2013, in Goals Goals Goals, Squad, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged Doncaster Rovers, Hereford United, Macclesfield Town FC, Shrewsbury Town, Southend United, Waide Fairhurst. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.