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Singh: There's a small rebuilding job to be done at Barnt Green Spartak

Craig Gibbons 2nd Mar, 2017 Updated: 2nd Mar, 2017

BARNT Green Spartak boss GJ Singh is having to rebuild his squad at such a late stage in the Midland League Division Two season after several first team regulars parted ways with the club.

Raghban Ali, Reece Mills and Stefan Gordon all departed Spartak prior to Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at local rivals Droitwich Spa.

And with more unsettled players expected to move elsewhere, Singh admitted he is aiming to make some signings to steady the ship prior to Saturday’s home game against unbeaten Alvis Sporting Club.

“There’s going to be a rebuilding job before the end of the season which is not ideal,” he said.

“I have lost several first team regulars and managed to bring in a couple of new faces but I’m hoping to sign one or two more to settle things down.

“I want players who are here to play for the club and not going to play a few games to see if we are competitive.

“There’s still some more of the squad who are a little unsettled and I expect some further departures but I won’t stop them from leaving.”

Singh handed debuts to Colin Tomlinson, Mohammed Hassan and Shakeel Campbell at Spa on Saturday and took a first-half lead through Nathan Stoute.

But two quick-fire goals from Seabourne after the break put the hosts 2-1 up before Spa’s leading scorer completed his hat-trick on the stroke of full-time.

Nuuradiin Ismail then reduced Spartak’s arrears moments later.

“I don’t think I have ever lost at Spa in both my Saturday and Sunday days as a manager and as a player,” Singh added.

“It’s been about 20 years since I lost to them at their place so it’s a little bit disappointing really.

“I only had a squad of 12 and I think if we had a few of the first team regulars we would have done them over.

“Spa looked nervous and huffed and puffed their way through the game.

“From my point of view we gave Spa a good game but it’s disappointing because with an under-strength side we have came pretty close to getting something.”

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