Robbie Nightingale gives fresh look to Cambridge City squad

PUBLISHED: 07:05 08 December 2017

Cambridge City manager Robbie Nightingale.

Cambridge City manager Robbie Nightingale.

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Robbie Nightingale is keeping an eye out for new additions in order to keep the Cambridge City squad on their toes.

The Lilywhites boss made a number of changes last week, and it reaped rewards with a 6-1 win over Aylesbury United.

Incoming were defender Jordan Williams, who was with City last season, on loan from Brackley, and another former player James Hall, who made the switch from St Ives.

But Ian Miller left the club, Ollie Snaith went on loan to St Ives and Buster Harradine joined Newmarket Town on a dual registration deal.

And Nightingale has admitted that he is actively on the lookout for more new arrivals.

“We’ve seen three quarters of what we will come up against (in the league) and we wanted to freshen the group up,” said the City boss. “One or two have not played enough football so they have gone to get it, and the door is definitely not closed to them.

“We are looking to get a couple more in and then that means the squad will be too heavy so we will look to get one or two out to get games on a short-term basis.

“We’re going into a crucial month so we just need to make sure we have boxes ticked and the personnel there and available for it.

“The only thing we look to do is bring in the best players to make the team better, and if they become available, like they did, we will look to bring them in.

“It’s a matter of getting the best for the club.”

The increased options were on show at the weekend, when Tom Knowles and Jack Vasey – another recent addition from the tier, above arriving from Royston Town – stepped off the bench to score in the win over Aylesbury.

That was after Hall had scored City’s opener and Ryan Sharman grabbed another hat-trick, taking his total for the season to 18 goals.

“Tom Knowles and Jack Vasey came on to freshen the game up and had an impact,” said Nightingale.

“We’ve got guys there that have blistering pace and good technical ability.

“Nathan Olukanmi, Jack Vasey, Tom Knowles and Salim Relizani can all play left, right or the No 10 role.

Where we were lacking up top prior to this week (when Lewis Wilson is absent), we’ve got Jack Vasey and James Hall come in to lighten the load.

“We just want to make sure any one of the three that play through the middle are 100 per cent fit.

“It gives us loads of different options having the consideration to play two up front.

“At the moment, because of what we have in the team through the wide areas and through the middle, we want to play through the lines.”

City are at home again this Saturday (December 9) when they host mid-table Uxbridge in the Evo-Stik League, South East Division.

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