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SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Adams back at Chippenham and raring to go
6:00am Friday 18th October 2013 in Sport
EX-SWINDON Supermarine loanee Ross Adams is looking forward to getting reacquainted with Chippenham after returning to Hardenhuish Park on loan.
The ex-Bluebirds captain, 30, signed on a month’s loan from Basingstoke last week and is set to feature in the FA Trophy first qualifying round tie at home to Chertsey tomorrow.
Adams joined Conference South Basingstoke from the Bluebirds in 2010 and, after a host of injury problems, the central defender says he was happy to rejoin in a bid to regain full fitness.
“It all came a bit out of the blue. I wasn’t really expecting to be going out on loan but Chippenham’s a good club and I thought that it was definitely the right place to go and get some games under my belt,” said Adams.
“Wints (Steve Winter) asked Griff (Alan Griffin) to see if I’d be interested in coming back and eventually Wints and my manager at Basingstoke (Jason Bristow) got talking about it.
“But I didn’t have the chance to train or anything before Saturday because I only signed the paperwork on Friday afternoon.
“It seems like things have changed a bit since I left and there’s only Griff, Harvs (Iain Harvey) and Tinds (Greg Tindle) who are still there from before but the boys seem like a good group of lads and I’m looking forward to getting to know them.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time at Basingstoke but I’ve had quite a few bad injuries so it’s all about getting back fit while I’m here.”
Boss Winter admits he is nervous about tomorrow’s cup clash against the Division One Central strugglers.
“I’m dreading (the Chertsey game) because it’s probably our biggest game of the season so far because of the prizemoney,” said Winter.
“We’re playing a side who are second-bottom of the league below us and that makes it a banana skin. The players know that they’ve got to perform.”
Cirencester visit another Division One Central outfit in Egham in the same competition and Brian Hughes is looking forward to the challenge.
“We are very keen on the FA Trophy,” he said. “We hope to bounce back (from the FA Cup defeat to Weymouth) when we tackle Egham on Saturday.”