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Tonbridge Angels boss Steve McKimm is keen to add to his squad

Manager Steve McKimm concedes he is eager to add to Tonbridge’s threadbare squad.

Struggling Angels only had 12 fit first-team players on Saturday for their 3-0 loss at Dartford in National League South.

On-loan Tonbridge man Ben Greenhalgh will face his former club as Angels visit Maidstone on New Year's Day. Picture: Andy Jones
On-loan Tonbridge man Ben Greenhalgh will face his former club as Angels visit Maidstone on New Year's Day. Picture: Andy Jones

“I’ve got to try to add to it (the squad) because I have 12 fit first-team players,” admitted McKimm.

“I have to get people in, but we have to sit down and discuss whether I can or I cannot (bring players in).

“If I can, I’ll be making phone calls left, right and centre to get players in.”

On the injury situation ahead of Tonbridge’s trip to Maidstone on New Year’s Day, McKimm said: “I think Tom Derry (knee) is booked into have a scan next week.

“Christ Tiehi (ankle) is about a week away. We missed him at Dartford.

Tonbridge Angels manager Steve McKimm. Picture: David Couldridge
Tonbridge Angels manager Steve McKimm. Picture: David Couldridge

“I felt that he would have been one who would have put his foot in. We didn’t seem to put our foot in during the first half.

“We’ve had a long conversation. It’s not good enough, not just in midfield, but all over.

"As a group, we weren’t good enough.”

One player Tonbridge will welcome back for their trip to the Gallagher Stadium is on-loan Ben Greenhalgh, who will face his former club, having not been allowed to play against his parent club Dartford at the weekend.

McKimm said: “Ben will come back into the squad, and we’ll assess where we are going to be and what we are going to do.

“That’s another body we can add but that still only brings us up to 13.

“I had an academy player on the bench (Harry Hudson), and an ex-academy player who has been learning his trade, Josh Stirman.

“Young Ted (McDonald) is a goalkeeper, only 17, and I brought young Liam (Smith) back who is getting loads of games at Sevenoaks at the minute.

“We need to add. When you look at what we have at the moment, it’s tough.”

With his team beginning 2020 in 21st, two points from safety, McKimm admits Tonbridge will be up against it when they face eighth-placed Maidstone.

He said: “It’s another big one. That’s why we are in this league, though, to play in these sort of games.

“We are going to be up against it again but we are not looking for excuses.

"We need to put a team out there to compete against Maidstone who are a very good side.”

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