Joe Hanks and Ed Williams are ready to sign off
CHELTENHAM Town prospects Joe Hanks and Ed Williams will be welcome back at Bishop's Cleeve anytime, says boss John Brough.
The teenagers will make the final appearances of their two-month loan stints with the Mitres in tonight's Red Insure Cup first round tie at Evesham United (7.45pm).
Centre midfielder Hanks has scored seven goals in eight appearances for Cleeve, including a hat-trick in the 3-2 Calor League Division One South and West win at Evesham.
Williams, who can play wide, in an attacking midfield role, or up front, has also made a significant impact.
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Brough would like to bring them back for further experience, but he admits he may be forced to watch the pair test themselves higher up the footballing ladder.
"Both of them will go back to Cheltenham after tonight's game because we don't play in the league for a week and a half now" Brough said.
"I am sure Cheltenham will review it and they will be welcome back, but I expect they can play a few levels higher.
"For Joe to have scored the goals he has from a sitting midfield role has been a great return and he has added more composure to his game and done very well."
Brough praised 10 of his starting XI and the two used substitutes for their efforts in Saturday's 3-1 defeat at Taunton Town.
But he said central defender Ryan Paddock let himself and the team down by earning a red card for violent conduct.
"Ryan and a Taunton striker were grappling for the ball and Ryan headbutted him twice, which you just can't do in any walk of life," Brough said.
"I approached the referee at half-time and told him he'd made the right decision and Ryan let himself down.
"We had to change our formation from three at the back to 4-4-1 and then 4-3-2 and we left ourselves exposed.
"But the attitude of 10 of my players and the subs was pleasing because we didn't lose our heads."
Brough will hand a first start to new signing Andy Venning tonight.
The attacking midfielder is a Hartpury College student who has joined Cleeve from Bridgwater Town."
Brough said: "Andy came on for 10 or 15 minutes on Saturday and did well so he'll start.
"He's trained well and showed a good attitude."
Cleeve do not have a match on Saturday, but they play Mangotsfield Town at home in the Gloucestershire Senior Cup next Tuesday.