Nat Jarvis - Caribbean-bound
HUNGERFORD Town striker Nat Jarvis is Caribbean-bound after being selected for the Antigua and Barbuda squad for this year’s Caribbean Cup.
The 24-year old is one of 14 overseas players in ‘The Benna Boys’ squad and joins Nottingham Forest’s Dexter Blackstock, Leyton Orient’s Calaum Jahraldo-Martin, Millwall’s Mahlon Romeo and Gillingham’s Dominic Samuel – on loan from Reading – for the ties against Aruba on Wednesday and St Kitts and Nevis six days later.
His call-up rules the top scorer out of key Hungerford fixtures in their promotion run-in, but he goes with the club’s blessing after becoming the first player in the club’s history to be an active full international.
“I’m delighted,” said Jarvis, “And I’m really looking forward to it.
“It means I miss a few games, but I’ll be back for the Merthyr game.”
Hungerford manager Bobby Wilkinson admitted that Jarvis will be missed at such a key stage of the campaign, but said: “When he told me he had got the call, I was the proudest manager in the world.
“He’s the club’s first and it’s another bit of club history.
“He was chosen for his form with Hungerford and he deserves all the plaudits and we wish him all the best. He can go there and do well and hopefully put himself in the shop window for bigger things in the future.”
Jarvis picked up a minor calf injury on against former club Cirencester on Saturday and was not risked for Monday night’s visit of Slough Town.
That paved the way for the return of Mark Draycott to the starting line-up and a performance that delighted his manager.
“Mark was going to start anyway,” said Wilkinson, “but he looked sharp and back to his hungry self and I was really pleased for him.”