Simon Wormull is lining up a couple of French imports to help boost his injury and suspension-hit squad.
The Lewes boss has been looking at the possibility of bringing in some Gallic reinforcement since before Christmas but after today’s 2-2 with Hampton & Richmond Borough he revealed he was hopeful a couple of players could be signed in the week.
Wormull is critically short on available players after captain Steve Robinson’s mid to long-term knee injury and a two-game suspension which is now looming for influential midfielder Jack Walder.
Of the players he was looking at in the few days running up to the Hastings game on Boxing Day, Wormull said: “One of them has actually gone to Malta and signed for a team over there but we’ve got another two guys that we’re interested in signing, so hopefully we may get that sorted out this week.”
Walder actually took the captain’s armband today in the absence of Robinson and regular stand-in skipper Chris Breach (flu).
Once again Walder shone in the centre of the park and was very unfortunate to pick up a yellow card for what barely looked like a challenge on his Hampton and Richmond opponent (he actually looked like he’d pulled out of the challenge some five yards out, before any contact was made... contact which was minimal to say the least).
And Wormull said: “I think Jack now misses Margate and Wingate & Finchley because he’s picked up 10 (cautions). And again it’s not a booking - it’s not a booking.
“It wasn’t a bad challenge at all. It’s like a witch hunt with him at the moment. And I feel a little bit sorry for him because he then has to change his game for the rest of the game, because he can’t put a challenge in.
“But he was fantastic again today, absolutely brilliant. And Callum Donaghey got man of the match, very much deserved.
“But there were a lot of stand-out performances. It was a hard game, on a heavy pitch at the end of a long period, and I’m really pleased with the boys.”
Asked if these two possible French signing were likely to be used merely for cover - or if they could stake individual claims for regular places, he replied: “Well, we’ll see. We’ll see. That’s the thing, it’s competition for places, and if they can come in and do a job then, yeah, there’s always a window for them to come in and play.”
And asked if he would now share a post-match drink with his old team-mate (and fellow 2008 Blue Square South league championship winner) Gary Holloway, after he and fellow former Lewes players Max Hustwick and Malvin Kamara had all returned to the Dripping Pan with present club Hampton, he laughed: “I don’t know if he’ll be going in the bar!
“But obviously all the stuff that happened last year, I’ve got no gripes with Gaz and what have you. I get on really well with him, and Max and Mal.
“It’s things that happen. If I could have kept all those guys, and added what we have this year, I would love to have done it.
“But football is like that and we knew where we needed to be. But those guys have gone to a good team and they’re playing good football.
“And I am pleased that he (Holloway) is back fit (and) playing well. He played well today. I mean, he does things nice and simple and he knows what his game’s about.
“But I’m pleased he’s moved on, as we have.”