CHIPPENHAM Town manager Mark Collier admits he can afford to be picky with any further recruits he takes following the capture of Bristol City’s Jake Andrews on loan.

Collier, who oversaw the Bluebird’s 3-1 win away to Hallen on Tuesday night, has made Andrews, on a two-month loan, his latest addition, having been impressed with the youngster’s attitude during his loan spell last season.

And while he admits his squad as it stands would be ready to go when they kick off their National League South campaign at home to Havant & Waterlooville in just over a week’s time, he is still keeping his eye on the market.

“There may be one more,” he said.

“We’re just talking to a couple of people at the moment but quantity wise, we’re fine and quality wise, we’re up with it as well.

“If something becomes available we think we should be involved with, that will be the case but as it stands, we’re ready to go on August 5.

“Jake Andrews was certainly on the wanted list all along.

“I’d spoken to Brian Tinnion (Bristol City’s director of youth recruitment) at the end of last season when Jake was offered his pro contract, and credit to him for that.

“He did particularly well for us. He can play in different positions, has a fantastic left foot and he is a good lad as well, who recognises the difference between non-league football and where he has come from.

“He is a big signing for us.”

Andy Sandell, Alex Ferguson and James Guthrie were all on target for Chippenham in Bristol on Tuesday night.

The Bluebirds took just nine minutes to break the deadlock against the Toolstation League side as Sandell converted from the penalty spot after Scott Donnelly was felled.

Hallen levelled on the half-hour mark, before Guthrie restored the visitor’s lead four minutes later with a 20-yard strike.

Chippenham wrapped up the win before the break through Ferguson’s close-range finish and while results at this stage mean little to Collier, he admits that getting the goal tally ticking was a nice sight.

“Friendlies are a means to an end and it’s a difficult time for everybody,” he added.

“We cut the squad down a little bit on Tuesday night, due to the fact we have got some injuries and a couple on holiday.

“I’ve stressed all along that it is about the players getting fitness and all I have asked the players is to get something from the game.

“It was nice to score some goals. If it hadn’t been for the Hallen keeper, it could have been 10 or 12.

“It’s just another step towards August 5 and we have got two more steps against Melksham on Saturday and Swindon Town.

“The next two friendlies, we will be getting towards where we want to be.”