SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Hughes goes back to Gloucester to sign Morford
6:00am Friday 16th August 2013 in Latest News
CIRENCESTER boss Brian Hughes has again raided Gloucester City for personnel ahead of the Southern League Division One South & West opener at Tiverton tomorrow.
Striker Will Morford, assistant to Steve Lowndes at Cirencester College Academy and a former City player of the year, has signed at the Corinium.
Matt Liddiard has also joined Hughes’ list of summer recruits and will link up with ex-Gloucester men Chris Holland, Steve Davies and Lee Smith at the Southern League club.
"Will is going to dual-register and come to us for at least a month while he gets fit after recovering from an op," said Hughes.
"He needs games and we were looking to freshen things up among the strikers. When this opportunity came up, it was too good a chance to miss.
"Matt is young, enthusiastic and a grafter and is also coming to us on dual-registration forms.”
Meanwhile, in the Southern Premier, Nathan Rudge and assistant Steve Winter will be absent from the Chippenham bench for the league opener at Banbury.
Manager Rudge is serving the first game of a four-match touchline ban after being found guilty of racially abusing a Bishops Cleeve player in October. Winter has a two-match ban from his time at Bishop Sutton last season.
Rudge said: “At this level of football, I’ve never seen a manager drastically change a game. Here, it’s never been about me.
“The 11 players that are on the pitch are good enough to know what they’re doing and it shouldn’t affect what happens in the game at all.
“Banbury has always been a tough place to go, but I don’t really think that there’s anywhere in this league that you can look at and think is an easy place to get three points.”
James Guthrie and Shane Blackmore are expected to miss out tomorrow, but Exeter loanee Jordan Tillson should feature.
Rudge is also hoping to tie up a deal for former Hereford United Under 18s midfielder Joe Tumulty.
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