MELKSHAM Town boss Wayne Thorne has warned defender Greg Tindle that a move to Western League rivals Calne Town would be “a step back”.

The Lilywhites have made seven days’ notice of approach for the 19-year-old, who has also featured for Chippenham Town this season.

But Thorne is not in favour of the move, either for the player himself or Melksham as a club.

Thorne said: “I spoke to Greg and said if he went to Calne at this present moment in time, it would be a step back in his career.

“We’re in two cup competitions and Calne are in none. We’re in and around the top six and Calne are mid-table, and would probably be happy to finish mid-table.

“I want him to stay. But it’s up to the lad.

“He’s obviously been to Chippenham this year and got people looking at him.

“I think you would get more people looking at him for Melksham than you would for Calne, but I’m biased.”

Melksham’s Wiltshire Senior Cup quarter-final at Laverstock and Ford was postponed on Saturday due to a waterlogged pitch.

Thorne gave his men the day off, apart from fringe player Matt Cooper, who turned out for a reserve side.

The two teams will try to play the cup tie again tomorrow.

Gary Thorne is suspended, while Kris Beasley (hamstring) and David Thompson (hip) are rated 50-50 for the tie.