SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Chippenham boss backs Jefferies to impress
6:00am Friday 25th October 2013 in Sport
CHIPPENHAM boss Steve Winter is backing former Bristol Rovers youngster Darren Jefferies to be a hit at Hardenhuish Park.
The 19-year-old midfielder, who made one senior appearance during his time with Rovers and spent last season with Frome, signed for the Bluebirds late last week.
Jefferies has been playing in Sweden since April and Winter is delighted to have secured his services.
“He’s ready to go and he’s going to be a good ’un,” said Winter.
“He can play anywhere along the midfield and he looks sharp. I’ve asked a few people about him, like his ex-manager Darren Perrin, and he said he’s a class act.
“He was real keen to come to us so we got him signed on and I’m looking forward to seeing him play.”
Winter has also shuffled his pack up front, bringing Dean Griffiths back to the club from Bridgwater while allowing Isaac Reid to join Clevedon on a permanent basis.
“I needed (Griffiths’) experience at this level and I wanted him to put pressure on the centre-forwards.
“Dean’s a grafter and scores a lot of goals. I just feel the opportunity came up to sign him and I couldn’t let him go - he was Bridgwater’s top goalscorer too.
“Isaac’s still a young lad and I think that stepping up from Western League was just a little bit too far for him.
“I think he’s going to be really good but he just needs to learn the little things and I don’t think he’ll be doing that if he’s sat on the bench for me.”
Chippenham are without a game this weekend while in Division One South & West, Cirencester are at home to Wimborne.
Centurions boss Brian Hughes has challenged his players to sort out the slow starts that have been a feature of their recent matches.
A lack of urgency in the opening stages has been partly to blame for the end of Ciren’s lucrative runs in the FA Cup and the FA Trophy.
Hughes said: “The senior team has begun very poorly in our last four games and we had a heart to heart at training on Tuesday night about whether they were adequately prepared for the games mentally from the outset, and whether we needed to do something different in our pre-game warm-ups.
“We conceded in the third minute of the first FA Trophy tie at Didcot, went behind against Weymouth in the FA Cup which made life difficult, and even on Saturday at Egham, we were behind again as early as the third minute.”
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