Gillingham Town boss eyes defensive boost to cut out goals
GILLINGHAM Town's Adrian Foster is eyeing up signing defensive reinforcements after coming to the end of his tether with conceding sloppy goals.
The Hardings Lane boss believes his side are capable of beating any team in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division providing they are on song.
However, slip ups in front of their own target are denying Gill the points their boss thinks they deserve, forcing him to look for fresh blood.
Gillingham bowed out of the Dorset Senior Cup last week at the hands of Evo Stik Southern League outfit Poole Town, three days after frailties at the back condemned them to a 3-2 reverse at the hands of Willand Rovers.
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They fell 1-0 at Buckland Athletic on Saturday, with Foster losing a touchline battle with former Taunton Town team-mate Antony Lynch.
Foster said: "I have got to do something about us conceding those silly goals, which is the frustrating thing about it all. You can work enough on stuff and once the players go out there they need to know their jobs.
"One or two can have an off day but if you have four, five or six it's never going to work. We just concede poor goals. I have got a few players in line and I just need to stop us conceding the poor goals.
"We scored two great goals against Willand with good work and good play, it's just at the other end that is costing us. All the hard work we are doing is being undone with stuff like balls over the top and we should be switched on to that."
But Foster insisted that any player signed would not force one out, adding: "By bringing in players in, it's not to replace others it's to help the guys around them, like I have done in the last few years by helping develop others.
"If I do that it will make us even stronger. It's just the little things that are costing us when we should be comfortably winning."
Gill officially unveiled a new 125-capacity stand at Hardings Lane on Tuesday night ahead of their clash with Odd Down. Funded solely by the club and the efforts of volunteers, the addition means the ground meets Premier Division grading standards.
A club spokesman said: "Our focus can now be on our new ground which we are hoping will be ready for the start of the 2014-15. We would like to thank all of those who made this stand possible."
COMBE St Nicholas slipped to ninth in Somerset County League Division Two West as they were beaten 1-0 by rivals Nailsea United Reserves.