A TOUCH of the Irish magic was just what the doctor had ordered with Dubliner Correy Davidson arriving at Park Drive to get Maldon and Tiptree’s season back on track, writes JON LONGMAN.

With Jammers manager Wayne Brown and two players in the Covid isolation ward, the side bounced back from being forced to postpone last Thursday’s trip to Felixstowe as they bagged a comfortable 3-0 win over struggling Hullbridge Sports thanks to three assists from Davidson.

Assistant manager Paul Abrahams hailed the arrival of the Irishman on dual registration loan from National League South neighbours Braintree Town as a game changer for the Jammers.

Abrahams reacted to a disappointing first half by calling the players out of the dressing room to give his team talk in the centre circle as he switched to a more traditional 4-3-3 formation that saw Hullbridge concede an own goal before Martyn Stokes and Shomari Barnwell wrapped up the victory.

Abrahams said: “First, I must say a big thank you to Braintree and manager Ryan Maxwell for allowing us to bring in Correy Davidson.

“It was only possible because Braintree’s game on Sunday was called off.

“Correy came over and was excellent. We made a tactical change to 4-3-3 at half-time that we are more familiar with and bringing on a full-back and playing Correy further up and I thought that made an instant impact.

“Correy has got that calmness on the ball. He knows when to take that extra touch, when to drag an opponent out, when to slide a ball, so his decision making was really good.

“Correy makes things look easy and he makes things look plain and simple.”

Correy’s influence looks set to get the Jammers season back on track in time for the home tie against Premier side Brightlingsea Regent in the Velocity Trophy third round on February 1 (7.45pm).

The New Year’s Day victory consolidated tenth place in the North Division but the Jammers need to make this the start to a winning run if they are to finally earn the promotion denied by Covid when they were 18 points clear at the top of the table.

Before the Brightlingsea tie, the Jammers face a hectic January, travelling to AFC Sudbury on Saturday, hosting third-placed Canvey next Tuesday (7.45pm) and fifth-placed Hashtag on Friday, January 21 (7.45pm) plus visits to Basildon and Barking.

The Jammers have three games in hand on leaders Aveley and Stowmarket with an 11-point gap to bridge, so January could be a make or break month for Brown’s boys.

The injury-hit Jammers, lifted by the arrival of Davidson need to have made up ground on the leaders in January because February brings successive home games against Brentwood and Aveley with a tricky visit to Bury Town sandwiched in between.