SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Etheridge set for Supermarine return

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A PERIOD of upheaval looks set to continue at Swindon Supermarine with a second new face poised to come in ahead of tomorrow’s home clash with Thatcham.

Harry Etheridge, who only signed for Thatcham at the end of October, could return to the Webb’s Wood Stadium and be included in the squad to face the Berkshire side.

That would make the midfielder the second signing in a matter of days after striker Jack Hopper returned to the club following two years with Wessex League outfit Pewsey Vale.

Elsewhere, Marine have cancelled Alex Rigley’s registration, meaning the left-sided player’s sole appearance was in the 3-0 Red Insure Cup defeat to Cirencester in November.

Speaking on Hopper, Marine boss Dave Webb said: “I tried to sign him from Supermarine when I was at Highworth, but he wanted to stay at that standard of football then.

“He’s a strong lad, quick, good feet and can also play wide on the right, so that’s another position we can get some extra competition in.

”He’s a welcome addition and at 21 he’s a good age. He’s got all the attributes to be a success at this level.

“Alex Rigley played in one game but we never saw him after that, although there were a couple of opportunities for him.

“We contacted him but he didn’t respond, so we just left it. We can’t have people here who don’t want to train and play.”

Webb is hoping to welcome back Kyle Lapham, Chris Taylor and Josh Morse from injury as he aims to put right a run of seven games without a win tomorrow.

With no Swindon Town game this weekend, Supermarine are running a ticket promotion with adults getting in for just £5 and concessions £3.

Meanwhile, Cirencester’s former Supermarine midfielder Ben Wells could return to the Centurions side quicker than anticipated after picking up a serious injury in pre-season.

Wells tore both the anterior cruciate ligament and the lateral meniscus of his left knee, which required surgery, in the friendly against Cheltenham.

It was thought he would miss the whole season, but Wells - who has undergone rehab at St George’s Park - has returned to light training and could return in a matter of months.

“There is some light at the end of the tunnel and I am hoping to come back stronger and better than ever,” said Wells.

“I hope to be back in full training by mid-January with a view to playing again at the end of February or early March.”

Ciren travel to Bishops Cleeve this weekend, while in the Southern Premier, Chippenham are away to Corby.

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