Robins youngsters make Cleeve move
FIRST year Cheltenham Town professionals Joe Hanks and Ed Williams have joined Bishop's Cleeve on a month's loan.
They will go straight into John Brough's squad to face Godalming Town at Kayte Lane tomorrow, but Lee Davis has left the club.
Brough worked with Hanks and Williams during his time as head of youth at Cheltenham and he is looking forward to welcoming them into his Cleeve team after heavy defeats in their opening two matches of the season.
They went down 5-1 at Bridgwater in their opener last Saturday before losing 3-0 at home to Cinderford Town on Tuesday night.
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Brough said: "I have brought Ed and Joe in for a month and it will be good for them to have a programme of games.
"It was good to see them turning professional at Cheltenham and after signing their deals they both texted me to thank me for taking them on to the scholarship programme, which was nice.
"Zack Kotwica and Bobbie Dale have both come out to play games for Cleeve recently and then gone on to feature for the first team at Cheltenham, so it should be beneficial for both clubs."
Brough saw the 18-year-old pair play for the Robins' reserve team in last week's training ground friendly against Torquay United.
He has also brought in Cheltenham youth team defender Elliott Keightley on work experience, who made his debut against Cinderford and had a solid game.
Cleeve are expected to be without left-back Lewis Binns for up to three weeks with a knee ligament injury picked up on Tuesday.
Brough is considering a change of formation and may switch player/assistant boss Michael Jackson to full-back to accommodate Hanks and Williams to the middle of the park, but attacking midfielder or forward Davis has decided to leave the club.
Brough said: "Lee has gone and I wish him all the best for the future, but I have moved on quickly."
Central defender Ryan Paddock returns, but Davis' brother Mikey remains sidelined with an injury.
Cleeve travel to Yate Town on Monday and Brough is hoping they can pick up their first points of the campaign over the Bank Holiday weekend.
"We've conceded eight and scored one, which is obviously cause for concern, but they have been parts of both games I've been pleased with," Brough said.
"We have not thrown the towel in, even when we had nine men against Cinderford and the boys put in a massive shift to keep it at 2-0 until injury time.
"The work ethic is good, we just need to pick up some points now."
Lorcan Sheehan was sent off for two yellow cards, but his one-match ban does not start until next week.