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Ardley working on additions

Boss aiming to bolster squad

1 March 2021

Neal Ardley says he is working hard to make additions to his squad following injuries to Ben Turner and Tyler Golden.

The pair are likely to be missing for several weeks after Turner hobbled out of the warm up and Golden rolled his ankle in the first half of Saturday's FA Trophy victory against Oxford City.

And, mindful of the intense fixture schedule ahead as well as the continued absence of Richard Brindley and Damien McCrory, Ardley is determined to recruit extra bodies.

“We need another centre half and right back and whoever comes in has got to be ready to go,” said Ardley.

“As soon as Ben Turner walked in from the warm-up on Saturday, at around 2.45pm, I rang Richard Montague to tell him that he needed to get on the case over the weekend. Then, obviously, Tylor happened.

“I think Greg Abbott had about 20 minutes with his family yesterday – other than that he was on the phone all day, but it’s tough because not everyone answers on a Sunday.

“We’ve continued that hard work into today – we’re doing everything we can to try and get a couple of really good bodies in really, really quickly.”

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Our hectic run of games continues with a Vanarama National League home match against King’s Lynn Town on Tuesday night and the boss is having to think carefully about which players get the nod to start.

“It’s really important that fans understand I can’t pick the same team every week going forward,” he said.

“Connell Rawlinson and Alex Lacey, for example, have played five games on the trot and they’re almost at the point of cumulative fatigue and injury.

“If we lost either of them for six weeks everyone would be devastated, so I’ve got to look after their bodies.”

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