Transfer news: Watters bolsters his squad ready for relegation scrap

Takeley boss makes tracks in the transfer market after a 6-2 defeat

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CONFIDENCE is in danger of hitting an all time low at Takeley at the moment after another dismal defeat in the Essex Senior Football League.

After shipping another six goals to add to the 42 already conceded this season boss Don Watters has moved to strengthen his ranks by bringing in two players.

With an average of three goals conceded per game Watters has brought in centre back Sam Zannone from Waltham Abbey to bolster the back line and is actively searching for another defender.

The Takeley manager has also signed another Abbey player – in the form of striker Marshall Smith.

He said: “We needed to strengthen the squad with players out injured or due to work commitments.

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“We have Adam Miles out with groin strain, Mark Watters out in the USA working, Nicky Green has moved back to Brighton, and Ryan Williams is just returning from breaking his foot against Barking seven weeks ago – this has left us with only one centre half in Charlie Pollard.

“I had heard that Sam and Marshall were both unhappy at Waltham and they got in touch with me about coming over.

“I got straight on the phone as I have been chasing Marshall for three years. It was great to see him sign on. He is very quick, works very hard, and has got a great attitude to the game.

“Sam is 6ft 3in and also very quick for a big man. He is very dangerous at dead ball situations and has a great attitude.”

Although Saturday’s defeat was a disappointment which left Takeley second-bottom, goals were scored by Lewis Baker (pen) and James Amott making it 21 in the league – on par with many of the mid-table sides.

With that in mind Watters is looking for a positive approach from his players as they look to climb to safety.

He added: “I will be looking to add one more defender in the near future. Hopefully this will be the turning point and Takeley can get the same team out twice in a row.

“This season has probably been the hardest I have had in senior football, but now I feel the club is going the right way. We have some excellent local talent now and we will be sticking with local talent.

Next: Takeley are away on Saturday to Hullbridge, and the following Tuesday night Home to Bowers and Pitsea. Kick off 3pm and 7.45pm respectively.