Clarkson planning to fill in for Martin loss
Tiverton Town manager John Clarkson says he is contemplating strengthening his midfield, after revealing that Marcus Martin is struggling to recover from an old ankle injury.
The midfielder – who joined during the summer from Truro City – is still recovering from ankle surgery he underwent last season.
Clarkson feels a spell of rest is required for the combative midfielder, and although the Tivvy boss has a number of players returning to the side, he is not ruling out bringing in reinforcements.
"I could bring in someone else in the middle, but we'll have to wait and see," said Clarkson, whose side do not play until next Wednesday when they go to Elmore in the second round of the Devon St Luke's Challenge Cup.
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"Marcus Martin has an ankle injury from his previous club and he is seeing someone about that. He can't put much weight on it.
"He had an operation in the middle of last season but it has not tidied up. I think it's best that he has a little rest. We have an abundance of good wide players and have two or three coming back.
"Dan Smith came on in last Saturday's win and created a goal, and Adam Kelly was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet [last Saturday against Guildford City]."
Goalkeeper Jon Viscosi is likely to miss at least two weeks of action due to a groin injury, but summer signing Paul Hider looks to have recovered from both a broken finger and a virus, which has swept through the camp.
Clarkson has also been impressed with shot-stopper Dan Law in recent weeks, so he is well covered to deal with the loss of his Canadian number one.
Tivvy – who beat Stoke Gabriel 5-0 in a friendly match last night – are now unbeaten in four Southern League games, having breezed past Guildford 4-1 last Saturday.
Goals from Matt Villis, Josh Concanen, Matt Wright and Josh Searle gave them victory at The Spectrum Stadium.
The Yellows' first win on the road this season came after a 300-mile round trip to the Surrey outfit, and means Tivvy have now collected ten points from the past 12 on offer.
"It keeps the winning run going and finally it looks like my squad is knitting together," Clarkson said. "You have got to beat what is put in front of you and, to be totally honest, we were not that great."