Aspin may be forced into defensive addition

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Neil Aspin may turn his attention to defensive recruits before the transfer window slams shut after injuries to Simon Ainge and Matt Pearson.

Both players were forced off in the 2-2 draw at Aldershot, with midfielders Lois Maynard and Craig Clay drafted in for defensive duties in the second-half at the Recreation Ground.

The Town boss says efforts to sign a forward may be put on the back burner in favour of adding a defender to the ranks.

He said: “We’ve spent the last few weeks trying to make offers for players in forward positions, but now we have to look defensively if Matty and Aingey are out.

“I might need to switch my attention to try and get somebody in for the back four as well as keeping my eye on what we can do about bringing forwards in.

“We don’t want to lose our best players, other clubs don’t want to lose their best players and you just don’t know if you’re going to get the players in you want.

“It’s no secret because of the pay structure and us being part-time we can’t be going getting players from our own league who are established goalscorers because we could pay a fee, and the club would back me if I wanted to do that, but we couldn’t afford to pay the wages.

“We won’t be changing that just to bring somebody in. We’ve got a close knit squad and to go down that road and maybe push the boat out for one player, we’re not prepared to do that.”