CHIPPENHAM Town manager Nathan Rudge has given his side a boost ahead of their FA Cup showdown with Gloucester City this weekend with a double signing.
The Bluebirds boss has rectified his cup keeper crisis by re-signing teenage goalie Conor Thompson on work experience terms from Torquay United while Chippenham have also added experienced midfielder Adie Harris to their ranks from Bath City.
17-year-old Thompson, who had a spell with Gloucester at the beginning of the season before impressing with Rudge’s Bluebirds, was signed by League Two Torquay last week but will be back in a Chippenham shirt for the remainder of their run in the country’s most famous cup competition.
Meanwhile 31-year-old Harris was released from Conference South Bath earlier this week and Rudge has moved quickly to sign the Welshman, who will also be available for Saturday’s fourth qualifying round tie.
The Bluebirds chief said: “Conor will be with us for the rest of our FA Cup run and it’s fantastic news for us.
“It’s been really tough trying to find a keeper and every avenue had been a dead end up until now but Torquay have been great in letting him come back to us and thank you to them.
“Adie’s a midfielder with great experience – when he left Bath earlier this week, I tried to speak to him straight away and it’s a great signing for the club.
“There’d been a few negatives earlier this week but in the last few days, there have been some positives and we're raring to go for Saturday.”
Chippenham have also been boosted with the news that Dean Griffiths and James Guthrie are fully fit.
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