CARL Adams will make finding a new left back a signing priority after confirming Simon Forsdick will miss the start of Stratford Town’s Southern League Premier debut season.
Defender Forsdick, a key player in the run-in to last season’s play-off success, expects to be out for six to eight weeks after hurting his knee in the opening friendly with Banbury United.
It is the same knee the 32-year-old damaged at Nuneaton which led to 18 months on the sidelines.
Town manager Adams said: “With Simon being out, we’ve had to play right backs at left back and it’s clear we’re missing some balance on the left hand side.
“Simon says he will be out for six to eight weeks, which is a big blow because his experience and know-how is a big asset. We won’t have him for the start of the season so I’m looking to bring in a left back.”
Adams says there is plenty of work still to do with his squad after a mixed pre-season so far.
Youngster Charlie Faulkner has staked his claim to be part of the first team squad after netting the equaliser in Tuesday’s 3-3 draw at Bromsgrove Sporting and scoring in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with National North outfit Worcester City.
After last night’s (Thursday) trip to Loughborough University, Adams’ men travel to Sutton Coldfield Town on Saturday before playing their first game at the DCS Stadium when Rugby Town are the visitors on Tuesday (7.45pm).
“We were poor at Banbury, then much better at Evesham and we more than matched Worcester last week,” said Adams, “but against Bromsgrove I wasn’t impressed at all – we were well below what I expect.
“At this stage of the season it is all about getting match fitness, working on a few things, and getting the squad to gel. It was teamwork that got us promoted last season and that’s going to be vital again when we step up a league.”
Town used a squad of 20 against Midland Football League Division One side Sporting.
Richard Gregory’s chipped penalty gave them the lead on 34 minutes after Joe Halsall was flattened but Sporting hit back to lead 2-1 through Josh McKenzie (47) and Sean Brain (60).
Aaron Stringfellow made it 2-2 from Aaron Moses-Garvey’s pass on 68 minutes, but Bromsgrove struck again through Ollie Gibson before Faulkner’s instant turn and shot from Stringfellow’s pass provided a stunning equaliser with two minutes to play.
Youth teamer Faulkner had given Town a 76th minute lead against Worcester in a game played at the University of Warwick, escaping his marker to steer home Moses-Garvey’s corner. City levelled, however, on 82 minutes through Connor Gudger’s volley.Last Thursday, Robbie Thompson-Brown sealed Stratford’s 2-1 victory at Evesham. They had led through Emmitt Delfouneso’s first goal for Town after just two minutes before Marcus Jackson made it 1-1 on 27 minutes but Thompson-Brown curled in a magnificent 25-yard shot.