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Squad boosted for a busy period

SNOW and frost caused the postponement of Highgate’s match against Kirby Muxloe on Saturday as well as Tuesday evening’s trip to Coalville.

SNOW and frost caused the postponement of Highgate’s match against Kirby Muxloe on Saturday as well as Tuesday evening’s trip to Coalville.

With doubt also cast over this weekend’s trip to Shifnal, the Tythe Barn Lane side face a fixture backlog and the likelihood of playing at least two games a week until the end of the season.

Due to this, manager Marcus McDonald has wasted no time in adding to his squad for what is likely to be a busy second half of the season.

McDonald has already signed former Gate centre half John Conway and is putting in seven days notice for Castle Vale striker Daniel Carter, who currently sits third in the Midland Football Combination goal scoring charts.

Conway, who played for McDonald during his time at Cradley Town, has recently returned to the area following a spell at Hillingdon Borough. McDonald has also made changes with the captaincy, as defender Andre Joseph has announced that work commitments are likely to make him unavailable for long periods this year.

Michael Batchelor, who has committed himself to the club until the end of the season, will take over. “I am trying to build a squad with next season in mind and I’m hopeful they will hit the ground running,” said McDonald. “In the meantime the aim is to put together a run of wins to move away from the relegation zone, where we have sat for the majority of the first half of this campaign.”

Further good news for McDonald is that leading scorer Seb Hamilton is making a good recovery from his recent knee operation and is likely to be back in contention for a starting place by the end of the month.

 

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