HAVING been sent off three times in the opening months of the campaign, Lee Connor believes it is to time for Adam Vyse to repay Basildon United by producing the goods on the pitch.

Vyse joined the Bees, having been released by Canvey Island, in the summer but the frontman was given his marching orders during his debut at Bury Town and has also been red carded twice since.

Caretaker manager Connor admits a lot of clubs would have turned their back on Vyse due to his disciplinary record during the early stages of the campaign.

“Vysey has missed 12 games of the season through suspension and that is too much,” said Connor, whose side will make the trip to Soham Town Rangers for an Isthmian North clash tomorrow.

“He has been sent off three times already, but I think he has been unlucky with a couple of those.

“I have said to him ‘we stuck by you and not gone and got another striker, which we could have, so you need to repay us’.

“He has been fantastic since coming back from his most recent suspension and, having shown a lot of faith in him, Vysey needs to play a key role in getting us moving up the league table.”

Since his return to contention, Vyse - who also counts Bowers & Pitsea and Great Wakering Rovers among his former clubs - has scored two goals in three outings.

And Vyse will be hoping to continue his fine run of form when Basildon, who are four points clear of bottom side Romford, head to 16th-placed Soham this weekend.

However, Connor will be unable to call upon Gabby Adelowo as the defender has left the club.

Adelowo joined in the summer and went onto make 16 appearances for the Bees.

However, Adelowo has walked away from the Cousins Car Wash Stadium after suffering an injury which is likely to keep him sidelined for an extensive period.

“Gabby has left the club due to an injury he has sustained,” added Connor.

“He wants to kick-on with his rehabilitation but thinks he won’t be available again any time soon, so he has officially left Basildon.

“I wish him all the best for the future and I hope he makes a speedy recovery.”

As a result, Marlon Stratford could be set for a bigger role in the Bees’ side after the teenage defender impressed in the midweek Isthmian League Cup win at Potters Bar Town.

“Marlon has been playing well for the under-18s,” admitted Connor.

“He looked solid against Potters Bar and I was pleased with him.”