Defence to change after too many yellows for Greene

Stephen Greene (right) is to miss Saturday's game at Crystal Park. INBL1530-209PB
Stephen Greene (right) is to miss Saturday's game at Crystal Park. INBL1530-209PB

Banbridge Town’s settled back line is set for a change.

Centre-back Stephen Greene, who has been ever-present during the side’s recent five clean sheets in their last six league matches, will miss this weekend’s game.

He has picked up five bookings and so is suspended for Saturday’s home game against Coagh United.

That’s not causing undue concern to boss Ryan Watson, who is confidence his squad can cope.

“It’s been a settled defence but obviously this weekend, we’ll have to make a change,” he said. “It’s nice that we have a couple of players who can step up and fill in there. Marty Buchanan and Kevin Anderson will be two of the players that we will consider moving back.

“We have a good squad now and have that strength in depth to be able to deal with it. Somebody else will get an opportunity now.”

Meanwhile, with the January transfer window about to open, Watson isn’t ruling out adding new faces to his panel as they attempt to drive into the top half of the Championship Two table.

“The squad we have is good and we have competition for places,” he said. “I have great confidence in the lads and we don’t need many changes.

“I’m still looking to strengthen in a couple of areas of the squad and it would be nice to get in one or two fresh faces. If it doesn’t happen though, we won’t worry about it.”

Saturday’s match is Town’s first competitive fixture in three weeks so Watson is hoping there is no rustiness in their performance.

He said: “We tried to keep the players ticking over during the Christmas period. It wasn’t ideal that Christmas Eve and New year’s Eve both fell on a Thursday. when we are normally training but we’ve tried to keep players fresh and keep them away from the table and the bar!”