By Aaron Sutcliffe
The Staffordshire club were forced to pull out of the FA Trophy after their squad was placed in self-isolation.
CHASETOWN FC have added two players to their squad, bringing in midfielder Lee Smith from neighbours Hednesford Town and defender Zach Foster from Alvechurch.
Manager Mark Swann is delighted to have signed the duo and believes the pair will add even more quality to a strong squad.
Smith returns for his third spell with the club, whilst Foster has dropped down from step three to link up with the Scholars.
Swann said: “We’ve been after Lee Smith this summer and it was between us or Hednesford, they offered him a more lucrative deal and playing at the step above, coming from Rushall he’s decided to stay at this level of football.
“Smudge has got an affiliation with this football club, he’s been with us on two other occasions, I think the affiliation with myself and Jay and the club has been a big part of him coming back and dropping down a level.
“Zach Foster is one of the best full-back’s in the Midlands, he’s played for Alvechurch in their back-to-back promotions, luckily he’s a local lad and we’ve managed to snap him up, which are two great additions to a very strong squad as it is.”
A positive Covid-19 test forced the club to withdraw from the FA Trophy and self-isolate for 14 days, which means the club are now playing catch-up adding to their already busy schedule.
“We’ve had to come out of the FA Trophy because of the Covid issue, the fixtures are going to come thick and fast again because of the two weeks we’ve had to self-isolate, over the next three weeks we’re going to be playing twice a week until we catch-up with the teams around us.”
The Northern Premier League Division One South East club have made an indifferent start to the season and Swann hopes to address the Scholars early season home form.
“One thing we need to sort out is our home form because we’ve lost two at home and conceded six goals at home as well, which is a bit disappointing, it’s something we need to get right.
“When I was there as a player, teams didn’t like to come here and they usually went home with nothing, it’s a nice place to come and play and I think teams up their game against us at home, we need to turn it around quickly otherwise it will become a mental thing.”