Elliott Chamberlain will add pace to Bath City attack, says Adie Britton
New loan signing Elliott Chamberlain has been backed to add a missing dimension to Bath City’s forward line by director of football Adie Britton.
City moved for the Exeter prospect, 20, after Tom Nichols returned to the Grecians following a two-month stay at Mayday Trust Park at the end of last week.
That left City with just one recognised striker – Charlie Griffin – for Saturday’s draw at Hayes & Yeading United and a bench made up of only three substitutes.
Britton said: “Elliott is very quick and that will prove a useful tool in unlocking defences.
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“We’ve never really replaced Kaid Mohamed or Marley Watkins in that regard and having Elliott on board does give us a few more options up front.
“Paul Tisdale [Exeter manager] was kind enough to help us out again after Tom went back and we thank him for that.
“We would have been happy for Tom to stay on but, with his contract at Exeter running out, he felt he needed to be there and have the opportunity to force his way into their first-team squad.
“He scored just the once for us but we could always see how good he was. He really impressed in our away games at Basingstoke and Weston and was just starting to come good when he went back.”
Chamberlain was set to make his debut on Tuesday night but City’s scheduled clash with Blue Square Bet South title chasers Welling United was called off due to a waterlogged pitch at Mayday Trust Park.
They will hope the ground recovers in time to host Saturday’s fixture with a Staines Town side who have played more times than any other team in a very tight division, yet languish in the relegation zone.
City are just a point ahead of them, though, and Britton is looking for his side to ease the pressure this week, with a rearranged trip to Farnborough in prospect on Tuesday night (7.45pm).
“Inconsistency seems to be the name of the game in this league,” said Britton, who hopes winger Kerry Morgan will recover from a bout of food poisoning in time to feature this weekend.
“But we have a decent chance of climbing the table if we play to the level we have achieved in our last two or three away games.
“Staines appear to be in relegation trouble and we need to start beating the teams below us with more regularity if we are to push on towards the play-off places.”