PAUL Braithwaite believes new recruit Josh Skeates will add some much-needed diversity to his Wootton Bassett forward line.
The former Fairford boss has returned to his former club to bring in Skeates, who likes to play off the shoulder of the last defender and is likely to make his debut at Abingdon United in the Hellenic Premier tomorrow.
Braithwaite believes Skeates will work well with Nathan Gambling and Shaun Terry, with the trio all bringing different attributes to the table.
“We’ve got Nathan Gambling who is more of a hold-up player who takes the role of moving the centre halves around, and Shaun Terry who brings a lot of experience, but we need that someone else who can play in behind,” he told Link Sport.
“It makes sense to bring Josh in and get him playing because he brings a different dimension to the team.
Bassett lost twice to Abingdon last season and have only won two of the two teams’ last 12 meetings, but Braithwaite isn’t concerned by such records.
“I’m not worried about records or anything and as long as we put in a good performance and give ourselves a chance of coming away with something, then I’ll be happy,” he said.
“We’re a little tight on numbers but we’ll make the best of it.”
Elsewhere in the division, Highworth travel to Milton United and Shrivenham host Reading Town.
In Division One West, Purton boss Justin Miller is hoping to see a reaction from his side when they travel to Carterton, following their 5-2 loss to Lydney Town last weekend.
“Both teams lost last week so we’ll both be looking to get back to winning ways again, so it’ll be a tough game,” he said,
“We were pretty poor last week and it was the first time I’ve been able to criticise the lads’ effort. We’ve put that point across and hopefully we will get a reaction tomorrow.”
New College are at home to Longlevens.