Sekani Simpson closing in on Bath City comeback
Sekani Simpson is set to return for Bath City in time for the busy Christmas and new year period.
The long-serving defender has been sidelined for three months since suffering a medial knee ligament tear during September's defeat at Blue Square Bet South leaders Salisbury City but is now back in training with the squad.
He is poised to feature in Tuesday's home friendly with Forest Green Rovers (7.30pm) and first-team coach Lee Howells is looking forward to having last season's fans' player of the year at his disposal.
"We have missed him," Howells admitted.
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"I really think he will be back before the new year. The minute he is fit, he will play."
Joe Burnell could be in contention for Saturday's trip to Billericay Town (3pm) after sitting out the last two matches with a hamstring problem that flared up in City's 2-0 win at Sutton United on November 17.
"Joe is there or thereabouts," said Howells. "He is a man. We do miss that and the games are coming thick and fast."
Howells must also choose whether to recall nine-goal top-scorer Charlie Griffin and winger Kerry Morgan after the pair came off the bench to help City draw 2-2 with Eastbourne last Saturday.
Griffin lost his place to loan signing Tom Nichols for the FA Trophy defeat at Chesham United but hit both goals when City beat Billericay 2-1 in the reverse fixture at Mayday Trust Park on September 1.
"I will pick the first team and they [the supporters] will just have to accept it, it's as simple as that," said Howells in response to fans' calls for Morgan to be given more involvement in matches.
"They can shout what they want. They have been shouting things for ten years, 20 years but I am here to make the decisions.
"There are reasons why he [Morgan] is not starting at the moment. When he gets the opportunity he has got to do it from the first to the 90th minute. It is as simple as that.
"Kerry will get his chance. He has done a very good job for us in coming on and changing games of football.
"Up front, it is between Charlie and Sean," he added. "They are very similar in that they aren't the most mobile. Tom is very lively and quick off his feet and gets in the channels, which is different to what Sean and Griff give us.
"He needs a couple more games to get going again, which is what happens with lads that come in from League clubs.
"I have learned a lot about individuals over the past three games – Sutton, Chesham and Eastbourne. We'll have a think about it and see what happens at the weekend."
City head to Essex on Saturday looking to close in on the play-off zone after losing once in their last six league matches.
"We just want to be round about the play-offs at Christmas time," added Howells.
"There have been plenty of goals for and against and we are trying to entertain.
"You aren't going to satisfy everyone. You can only ask the lads to do the best the can and, at the moment, they are doing the best they can."