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Town prove the stronger side as Glasgow poised for league debut

By East Grinstead Courier  |  Posted: December 09, 2011

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EAST Grinstead boss Simon Funnell reckons new signing Byron Glasgow can help the Wasps climb the Sussex County League table.

The 32-year-old former Reading midfielder has signed for the East Court club until the end of the season, and Funnell says his Football League experience is just what Grinstead need at this stage of the season.

"He hasn't really had much football for a while but you could see at training that he has played before," said Funnell. "Obviously he needs to get himself fitter but he had the quality on the ball which can help us.

"Former professionals have a different mentality and it rubs off on the whole squad.

"No disrespect to the lads who were already here but it changes our approach. He wants to be here and is looking forward to getting out on the pitch for us.

"Hopefully we'll get the paperwork done in time for him to make his debut at the weekend."

The Wasps face the improving Worthing United on Saturday but Funnell insists he will have no problems throwing Glasgow straight into the mix should he get clearance from the Sussex FA in time.

"He is certainly in the running to start," he added. "There is no way he'd be able to last 90 minutes at this stage but I said to him I'd rather he gave me everything he'd got for an hour or so and come off then try and pace himself.

"He's only 5ft 6in tall but he is very comfortable on the ball and I think he will improve our game."

Glasgow, who played 39 times in the Football League in the late 1990s, is one of two fresh faces Funnell has introduced at East Court as he attempts to strengthen his squad ahead of the busy run of fixtures.

Former Whyteleafe defender Niall Stevens has also signed and although he is unavailable for the game against Worthing.

However, the pair may struggle to break into the side if Wasps recent showings are anything to go by, as the division one side made it back to back league wins with a thumping of basement boys Chichester City on Saturday.

Ben Chuck scored twice while Aaron Watson and Sam Rintoul were also on target. The result was especially impressive as the Wasps had played most of the game with 10 men after Lee Champion was sent off for what his manager described as a rush of "blood to the head."

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