Preview: Evesham United vs Cirencester Town

Evesham United could have two new players in their ranks in time for today’s visit of Cirencester Town (3pm) writes Steve Carley of the Worcester News.

A central defender and winger are on the shopping list of manager Paul West, despite a budget cut at the Spiers and Hartwell Jubilee Stadium, and seven-day approaches have been made for two unnamed targets.

The need for new recruits has been heightened by the postponements against Wimborne Town and Poole Town in the last week which could create a fixture pile-up when both games are rearranged.

The Robins boss said: “I just think we need healthy competition for places and that’s what we have got to try and create.

“You govern the side by what’s on the bench and there have been too many times when there hasn’t been enough quality there to keep people on their toes.

“I am delighted with the players’ attitude and the overall atmosphere of the group but to make it work you have got to have good competition to make sure people keep their shirts.

“A month ago we only had one mid-week game so I wasn’t worried about the size of the squad but, with all these cancellations, we will be playing a lot more.

“We need to be careful we are not down to the bare bones.”

Evesham have not played since the 1-1 draw at Clevedon Town on January 12 and are yet to turn out at home in 2013.

However, the Cirencester match is the first of three home Evo-Stik Southern League Division One South and West fixtures in a row with Mangotsfield United and Abingdon United still to visit.

Left-back Jamie Hyde is expected to be fit to face the Centurions after sustaining a calf injury during the Clevedon contest.

Match is on following a pitch inspection.