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Stafford Rangers debutant gives club big boost

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: December 09, 2013

By Dave McLean

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STAFFORD Rangers boss Andy Mutch has revealed that latest signing Tom Marshall has not trained this season.

The former Hednesford Town central defender was in a second spell with Tamworth when increased work commitments prevented turning out for the Lambs this season and he was released.

Marshall made his Rangers debut on Saturday and helped earn the Boro a crucial point in a 2-2 home draw against third place AFC Fylde.

“He hasn’t done a training session this season. He just turned up today (Saturday) and played,” said Mutch, who added that he had been chasing the player for some time and had spoken with Marshall on several occasions.

Marshall, who captained the Pitmen at the age of 18, certainly bolstered Rangers’ leaky defence, one that had conceded nine goals in their previous two matches.

“He’s got the experience and is a tremendous defender and a great character. That’s something a lot of clubs miss, not just us.

“To have him here (Marston Road) was a great boost for everybody, myself, the staff and the players. He put on a performance which I expected him to and I was really pleased with him. I hope we can keep him for the near future.”

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