Signings bolster depleted squad

Glenn Wilson of Crawley
Glenn Wilson of Crawley

FLEETWOOD Town have bolstered their depleted ranks by signing Crawley Town duo Charlie Wassmer and Glenn Wilson on loan.

The duo, part of the squad that earned promotion in runaway fashion to the Football League last season, go straight into the squad for tomorrow night’s televised clash with Lincoln City at Sincil Bank.

Fleetwood suffered a shock loss to Newport County by 4-1 on Tuesday night, and a head-count afterwards showed the squad was down to 17 fully-fit players.

Wilson is Crawley’s longest serving player and joined the club in 2007, shortly after the appointment of Steve Evans as manager.

The player quickly established himself in the back four either at his preferred right-back position or in the centre of defence.

Wassmer joined Crawley Town in March 2011, having proved himself as a highly-promising central defender at Hayes and Yeading.

He made his Conference debut for Hayes last season, and was a regular for them before signing for Crawley and made his first appearance against Kidderminster Harriers in March 2011.

There are mounting worries about the size of Fleetwood’s injury-list.

Rob Atkinson hobbled off against Newport, joining fellow central defender Paul Linwood on the sidelines.

Shaun Beeley has been carrying a toe injury and is now sidelined alongside another right-back Matt Flynn.

In addition, the injury list also contains Paul Edwards who has now returned from Lilleshall, where the left-back received treatment for a hamstring problem.

Magno Vieira is also suffering from a hamstring injury while Keith Briggs is out with knee ligament trouble.

Peter Till, Anthony Barry and Peter Cavanagh are long-term absentees.

Another Crawley player, Richard Brodie is already on loan at Highbury.

Manager Micky Mellon originally tried to sign Wassmer last month, but the deal failed to materialise.

He said: “We are delighted to bring two top players to the club and who both have championship winning qualities.

“They are both winning footballers and it once again shows the good relationship we have with Crawley Town and Steve Evans.

“We are not bringing the pair in as a luxury.

“We are down to 17 fit players and they are very much needed.”

The pair will join Fleetwood until January 14, but Crawley have a 24-hour recall clause on both loan agreements which is effective after 28 days.

n TOMORROW, Fleetwood will take on a Lincoln City side who sacked their manager Steve Tilson, along with his assistant Paul Brush, earlier in the week.

Head of youth Grant Brown was put in temporary charge of the Red Imps for Tuesday night’s match with Alfreton and the team responded with a 3-1 win.

Two names being mentioned to replace Tilson on a permanent basis are ex-Luton boss Mick Harford and Steve Thompson, former boss at Southend, Notts County and Cambridge.

The pair were candidates for the post before Tilson got the job.

Tilson succeeded Chris Sutton at Sincil Bank last season, but could not prevent them toppling out of the Football League and making a sticky start in the Blue Square Bet Premier.