Rockleaze boss Carmelo Micciche delighted to sign striker Shane Hobbs
ROCKLEAZE Rangers manager Carmelo Micciche is hoping the signing of striker Shane Hobbs can give his team a vital boost during the County League run-in.
The prolific marksman, who hit 35 league goals in both the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons, has joined Rockleaze ahead of tomorrow's home clash with Thornbury Town.
Hobbs moved away from the Bristol area after his 35-goal season for Highridge in 2009-10, having hit the same tally for Henbury the previous season.
And Micciche, whose team's five-match winning run was ended by Bishop's Cleeve Reserves in their last outing a fortnight ago, said: "We are hoping to get back on track with a win this weekend.
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"We've signed Shane Hobbs, who hasn't played at this level for a couple of years, but who we know is a prolific goalscorer. He's the sort of lad who could get 30 goals a season, but he isn't 100 per cent fit yet.
"But we've signed him up and he will go into the squad for Saturday."
Thornbury Town were beaten 3-0 by Chipping Sodbury Town last weekend – but manager Bill Bond said he and his players were remaining upbeat. "We're not too despondent and we'll pick ourselves up and go there with no fear," he said.
Bond is set to be without Danny Thompson, who is still troubled by a hamstring problem, while Ross Irwin is also out.
Hanham Athletic boss Steve Burton is warning against complacency as his team prepare to face bottom-of-the-table Berkeley Town.
One of only two victories Berkeley have achieved so far this season came courtesy of a shock 2-1 win at Hanham in October.
Burton said: "We should win this weekend – but we thought that when we played them at our place. We've got to be at our best and we've got to show them respect.
"It's not the easiest place to get a result, with that pitch up there."
Hanham welcome Billy Fletcher back from 'flu, but Matt Vickery, Dan Turner and Ryan Phillips are all unavailable.
Also battling a number of absentees is DRG Frenchay boss Dave Johnson, who, at 41, may have to name himself among the substitutes for his team's trip to Frampton United.
Johnson has not played since turning out for a half against Thornbury Town last season – but is without a number of players this weekend.
Liam Powell, Ash Hudd, Mike Connor, Will Godfrey and Anton Dow are all missing, so Craig Young and Alex Graham step up from the reserves.
And Johnson said: "With the games that are coming up, we are looking to sign a few players. There are three in the pipeline for next week but they won't be available for Saturday.
"We are struggling this weekend, but then we seem to play better when our backs are against the wall. If we went out there with ten men each week, we'd probably do quite well."
Elsewhere, Chipping Sodbury host Kingswood, Henbury take on Bishop's Cleeve Reserves and Bristol Academy travel to Taverners.