FOOTBALL: Depleted Lambs Bring in Experience and Youth
Darron Gee will draft in Nationwide Conference titlewinner Jim Rodwell and young prospect Alex Baptiste in a bid to find the winning formula for Tamworth, writes Colin Stoner. Central defender Rodwell, whose playing CV includes spells at Rushden & Diamonds, Farnborough Town, and Halesowen Town, has joined initially on a non-contract basis after being released by Aldershot Town.
Midfielder Baptiste has signed on an one-month loan deal from Mansfield Town, with the possibility of extending the arrangement for three months.
Both players will make their debuts in today's testing trip to title-chasers Hereford United as Tamworth, only out of the bottom three on goal difference, look to improve a record of just one point from seven Conference matches.
Manager Gee hit back at suggestions he was too much of a wheeler-dealer by pointing out the squad needed strengthening after the exit of Scott Rickards to Kidderminster Harriers, the loan move of Marc McGregor to Weston-super-Mare and the departures of Gary Setchell and Scott Goodwin.
Setchell has had problems with the travelling and now joined his local club, King's Lynn, while Goodwin, who had travelled with Setchell, is also looking for a new club.
'I would love to have to have a settled side, but circumstances don't allow me that luxury,' said Gee. 'We could not stand in Scott Rickards' way when he was given the chance to go back into the full-time game, while Gary Setchell has struggled with he travelling.
'The pressure is on us at the moment and that's why I'm pleased Jim has been able to help us. His experience is going to be important, especially in helping the younger lads. …