GARRY Kimble has boosted his Great Wakering Rovers side ahead of a crunch match with Romford this weekend.

Lewis Jaggs and Marc Gorbell have made the move to Burroughs Park.

And Kimble is pleased to have strengthened his options.

“We have signed Lewis Jaggs from Tilbury and he will bring something different to the squad,” said the Wakering boss.

“Marc Gorbell has been brought in as well and I’m hoping he will prove to be an asset.

“Competition for places is important and it keeps everyone on their toes because the players know that starting each match is not a given.

“Gorbell is a very committed footballer and he is someone I’m pleased to have with us.

“Lewis’ passing is good and he works hard for the team.

“I think both of them are good signings and I have to thank the chairman, Dave Patient, for helping us to get the deals over the line.”

Wakering prepared for this weekend’s clash with Isthmian North strugglers Romford by competing in a friendly with Hashtag United.

Josh Wiggins and Shomari Barnwell got their names on the scoresheet as the hosts claimed a 2-0 win over Hashtag, who are the Eastern Senior League Division One South table-toppers.

An impressive 428 supporters came through the Burroughs Park gates for the encounter and Kimble was pleased with the turnout.

“I was really pleased with the turnout,” added Kimble.

“There were 428 supporters in the ground and it made for a really good atmosphere.

“Again, I have to thank the chairman for arranging the match and it was a good workout for the players.

“The players who did not play at the weekend against Brentwood Town played and it was a good opportunity for them to stake a claim for a place in Saturday’s team.

“You learn a lot more about your players in a match situation than during training, so it was helpful for me as well as the players.”

Kimble is also looking to sign a striker before the weekend after Brian Moses left the club in favour of a move to Isthmian South Central Division side Cheshunt, who are managed by Craig Edwards.