Beard’s on the look-out to add more firepower and experience

Ollie Gill has remained at Loxwood despite training with Barnet in pre-season

Ollie Gill has remained at Loxwood despite training with Barnet in pre-season

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New Loxwood manager Mark Beard is on the look-out for more firepower and has hopes of picking up a few additions from higher divisions.

The former Millwall player and ex-Crawley Town youth boss took over from Dave Cocoracchio, who has become director of football, at the Plaistow Road club at the end of last season.

Beard has instilled a busy and tough pre-season fixture schedule on his side ahead of the Southern Combination League Premier Division campaign and is pleased with how they are shaping up.

They’ve retained the services of midfielder Ollie Gill and Sam Beard, who had been training with Barnet, whilst signing ex-Crawley youngsters Billy Woon and Cecil Gee.

Leaving the club are Tom Familton and forwards Shaun Findlay (both for Dorking Wanderers), Dean Wright and Tim Martin.

Beard said: “It’s been a challenge so far as we have had a few players leaving and I am trying to bring new players in.

“We have played mostly teams in higher divisions so far, as it’s better than playing lesser teams and winning by four or five goals.

“We are making mistakes in pre-season that we can rectify in training and the style of football we are playing is improving every week.

“I am still looking out for a centre-forward as we are creating plenty of chances and not converting.

“We have lost four good players and three are forwards so I am going to have to replace them.

“The guys I am looking at are with clubs in higher division at the minute three are on my radar. If they do not sign up I will snap them up.”

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