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HELLENIC LEAGUE: Turner raids old club for Edmondson
6:00am Friday 23rd August 2013 in Sport
SHRIVENHAM boss Dave Turner has raided Wootton Bassett for the services of Liam Edmondson and says the deal has improved his relationship with his former club.
Turner left Bassett this summer stating that he was no longer wanted at Rylands Way and both parties have had limited contact since then.
However, Turner’s interest in centre-back Edmondson meant he had to deal with his former employers again and the Barrington Park chief said he was delighted with how relations had progressed.
“I have to say that the Bassett board have been brilliant and we’ve built a few bridges over the last couple of days,” said Turner.
“It wasn’t how I wanted to leave in the summer, but I’ve spoken to a few people and it’s nice to be on a good footing with them again.
“They waived the seven days and I’m surprised they are letting him go because he’s one of the best out-and-out defenders I’ve worked with.
“He wasn’t part of their plans which I didn’t see coming, but I’m over the moon to have him.”
Turner was due to finalise defender Ben Wells’ switch from New College yesterday ahead of this weekend’s visit to Newbury.
Michael Silvanus is available for the trip east but faces competition to get back into the side from Dave Coleman, who has impressed on the left-wing.
Shrivvy are chasing their first win of the season in Berkshire and Turner admits that his side require a victory on the board soon.
“As much as we have gone forward, we need to pick some points up over the weekend,” he said.
“I want it for the lads because I know what they have put in during pre-season and in games.
“They deserve something now and hopefully the footballing gods will smile upon us.”
Turner has a goalkeeper on his radar as he attempts to find another stopper to provide competition for veteran Stewart Thompson.
“Stewie is playing brilliantly at the moment but he’s 37,” said Turner.
“We had a conversation and we both agree he’s going to struggle to do 60 games in a season.
“I’m looking for a good young keeper because we need two.”
In Division One West, Malmesbury Vics travel to North Leigh reserves and Striker Terry Moore (groin) is out, while fellow front man Scott Chilcott (groin) is doubtful.
Keeper Joe Snell is sporting a black eye and a cut chin after being on the wrong end of a challenge in the 2-0 defeat at Tytherington, but looks set to play.
That will be welcome relief for centre-midfielder Adam Whitefield, who donned the gloves for the majority of the second half of Wednesday’s clash.
Elsewhere in the division, Purton will be hoping to continue their recent run of good form with victory at Easington.
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