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More join the Badgers' set
BROCKENHURST boss Pat McManus has reinforced his squad following the dual departure of Scott Joyce and Dave Marden to Bashley.
Forward Lerone ‘Rudy’ Plummer has returned to Grigg Lane following a brief stint with AFC Totton, Tom Hill and Braiden Hamilton have joined from Bashley and Eastleigh reserves respectively and McManus is hopeful Jacques Bernard’s switch from Christchurch will be finalised in time for tomorrow’s Sydenhams Premier trip to Verwood Town.
“We did the paperwork for Jacques on Saturday and hopefully we’ll get him across by tomorrow,” said McManus.
“Jacques is a wide player, but can also play down the middle.
“He won’t be coming here as a stranger. He’s friends with Brad Magookin and Harry Jeffries and, with Tom Hill now with us, we’re getting a nucleus of former AFC Bournemouth trainees.”
Unfortunately, Saturday’s display against Bournemouth Poppies wasn’t the greatest of adverts for Brock.
They lost 3-1 at Grigg Lane and McManus admitted: “The long and the short of it is we didn’t play very well. We conceded three sloppy goals and didn’t take our chances.”
Poppies’ Martin Warren stunned the Badgers with an 18th-minute opener and Connor Phillips doubled the visi tors’ lead midway through the second half.
Brock substitute Mark Barker halved the deficit, but Phillips restored Bournemouth’s two-goal cushion to secure his side’s first back-to-back league wins since February.
“We had enough chances to secure a point with Harry Jeffries, Rudy and Will Tickle all hitting the woodwork but, at 2-1, a defensive error gifted them their third goal and put it out of our reach,” said McManus.
Brock trio Tickle, Jeffries and Warren Kenna have all turned down moves to Bashley, but the Calor Southern Premier strugglers are now talking to centre-back Ross Lloyd.
Lloyd has been out of late with a sprained knee, but returned to light training last week.
“Ross has got a decision to make now but, fingers crossed, he’ll stay with us, recover from his injury and be back in the fold,” said McManus.
“He’s a schoolteacher in Southampton and I’m not sure he could commit to the Southern League.”
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