Rooks boss O’Shea in bid to bring in replacements as squad is decimated with injury and suspension

LEWES manager Tim O’Shea is on a desperate hunt to bring in reinforcements to boost his injury and suspension-ravaged squad.

With the Rooks facing yet another tough week in what has been a ruthless fixture schedule in the past month, the boss of the Dripping Pan outfit was this week hoping to bring in some new blood from rival teams in the conference or even possibly from the Football League.

Lewes tomorrow travel to league leaders Braintree Town before hosting fellow high-flyers Bromley next Wednesday evening.

O’Shea said: “There have been a few players we’ve enquired about.

“It’s not always easy as each club and player have their own demands and it’s also a question of keeping the books balanced.

“But fingers crossed we can get a few in by the weekend, or if not, maybe next week.

“We have been decimated by injuries: we have Ben Godfrey doubtful for the weekend; we have Jamie Crellin doubtful for the weekend.”

And with injuries to the likes of Lewis Ide, Sonny Cobbs and George Porter, the recent retirement of Jermaine Wright, and suspensions to the likes of Lewis Hamilton, O’Shea has definitely been feeling the pinch.

“We’ve not been able to replace these types of players. It’s hugely frustrating,” O’Shea said.

“People have also got to see that the fixture list has been hard, with us playing so many of the top sides. We have lost players in crucial positions and not had the chance to get bodies in to replace them.

“We’re desperately seeking to get some bodies in because we’re at breaking point. We don’t need these sorts of problems going games against teams at the top of the league.

“If a pools panel was sitting for our next two games, they’d certainly give them as wins for Braintree and Bromley. But I’m looking at the bigger picture.

“It’s still very much a transitional stage; people need to stay patient.”

The new central defensive partnership of Tom Hutchinson and John Scarborough has come in for a certain amount of criticism on the fans’ forum, with some supporters longing for a return of the duo of Chris Breach and Andy Pearson that featured under Steve Ibbitsons’s reign.

But O’Shea said: “They’re certainly entitled to their opinion, but I think ‘Hutch’ and John performed excellently against Ebbsfleet, who are one of the better teams in the league.

“I think it’s unfair to blame two individuals when they haven’t had the protection I think they need from up front and through to the midfield.”

At the time of going to press, O’Shea was still looking for players to bring in, although no deals had been confirmed.