Mawson returns to Brentford after Maidenhead United loan spell
Wednesday night's 2-1 defeat at Boreham Wood was the last of Alfie Mawson's loan spell at Maidenhead United.
Magpies boss Johnson Hippolyte learned that Brentford were going to recall Mawson earlier in the week and, despite several attempts to change their mind, he admits
The news comes as a blow to Maidenhead as the young centre-back had formed a superb partnership at the back with fellow new recruit Patrick Kanyuka following his arrival last month.
“Alfie has been fantastic,” said Hippolyte. “He’s young but very strong, something you don’t see that often at this level.
“I’ve been speaking to Brentford all week and they want him back, it’s disappointing to say the least.
“It’s a real shame but he’s their player so there’s not much we can do.
Hippolyte has been working hard all week to try and get a defender in to replace Mawson ahead of this Saturday’s game at Tonbridge Angels.
“I’ve been on the phone every day,” he said. “We’ve just got Mark (Nisbet) and Pat (Kanyuka) for the weekend so we have to act quickly.
“Saturday will be a tough game. Tonbridge are a big side, physically strong and they’ve had a good Christmas period.
“They beat Dover home and away so we know what they can do.
“It’s another hard game in a very tough looking January. But we’re ahead of schedule with the Chelmsford result so we want to keep that run going.”