YEMI Adelani has left Hullbridge Sports after boss Darren Manning was unable to guarantee regular game-time.

The striker played a key role as Sports got their hands on the Essex Senior League title last term.

Although Adelani made 19 appearances in all competitions this term, the frontman felt it was the right time to leave the Ryan’s Heating Stadium.

“Yemi has decided to move on because he is looking for more guaranteed game-time,” said Manning.

“He is a top player and was very important in getting us over the line last term, while he was also a huge part of our promising start to the season.

“I wish him all the best for the future and hope our paths cross again some day.”

As a result of his departure, Manning will be unable to call upon Adelani for Hullbridge’s encounter at Brentwood Town tonight.

Just one point separates the two sides in the Isthmian North standings, with Sports - who are enjoying their first ever campaign in the fourth tier of non-league football - 16th and Brentwood sitting in 18th spot.

Hullbridge head into the contest having picked up just one point from their last five Isthmian North outings.

And Manning admits his newly-promoted side have not been getting the rub of the green.

“It’s another game and another plan we need to put into action,” added Manning.

“We are playing well but, unfortunately, the fine margins at this level are just going against us at the moment.

“The tide will turn and if we keep playing how we have been, it will turn very soon.”

Despite a narrow 1-0 defeat to high-flying Maldon & Tiptree three days ago, Manning insists he was a proud manager due to his outfit’s performance.

“I was extremely proud for a number of reasons,” admitted Manning.

“The main reason was the hard work the boys had been putting in during training came to fruition.

“They executed everything we worked on and, as a manager, I can’t ask for more than that.

“The attitude, work rate and desire was top drawer.

“Personally, I think a draw would have been a fair result as we had a few good chances and there was one incredible block from Quba Gordon near the end.

“But that is why Maldon are top of the league and have had the start they have had.

“They weren’t at their best but found a way to get the job done, so full credit to them.”