Bath City fears over injury to goalkeeper Jason Mellor
Bath City head coach Lee Howells is “praying to the gods” that keeper Jason Mellor makes a quick recovery from the knee injury he suffered during Tuesday night’s home defeat to Bromley.
The former Clevedon Town man’s place-kicking was restricted during the match, which took place in sub-zero temperatures and on a hardening Mayday Trust Park pitch.
While City’s scheduled trip to in-form Farnborough today (3pm) is already looking in serious jeopardy due to the continuing cold weather, Howells is without experienced goalkeeping cover following the recent exit of Glyn Garner and admitted Mellor’s absence would present him with a major problem.
“I think he has tweaked his knee,” said Howells. “Hopefully it isn’t too bad and he can solider on because we’ve only got one goalkeeper at the football club now.
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“There are no easy answers. We’ve got the squad we’ve got. There’s nothing coming in, nothing going out at the moment.”
Chris Allen also sat out the Bromley game with a groin problem and City missed his energy in midfield.
“We could have played him on Tuesday but if we flog him then we might not have a player for three months,” explained Howells. “He’s been playing on it for quite a while but will have had ten days or so rest now so hopefully he will be okay to go again.”
Ex-Bristol City youngster Jordan Walker signed for the club on Tuesday and was an unused substitute against Bromley.
The full-back was highly rated at Ashton Gate, where he came through the youth ranks, but suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury during an under-18s match against Fulham in September 2007.
He struggled to make a full recovery and was released by the Championship club in February 2010, going on to play for Paulton Rovers as he rebuilt his career.
“He can play at the back or in midfield and is a lad we’ve been looking at for a while,” added Howells.
“What we’ve got to try and do if we can’t afford to bring in lads on £400-500-a-week wages is go and get the young kids that are coming through – and he is one of the better ones in the area.
“We have to compete with the likes of Weston for those players. We’ve watched him a few times and felt it was important to step him up.
“He could start the game on Saturday or come off the bench. He is here to play games of football.”
Salisbury City will carry out a pitch inspection this morning ahead of their scheduled Blue Square Bet South home clash against Staines.
Bath’s game at Farnborough was postponed yesterday.