SHAUN Lamb has been axed by Chippenham Town after he was sent off for the second time in four games – and more players could follow.

The full-back was dismissed for a headbutt against Barwell on February 18 and then saw red again during Saturday’s 5-1 defeat at Brackley for foul and abusive language directed at a linesman shortly after coming off the bench.

Manager Adie Mings revealed his intention to move on up to two more players from his squad but says that the closure of the Southern League transfer window tomorrow may have forced him to hold back on swinging the axe further.

“Obviously, Shaun had just come back from a three-match ban and after being on for five minutes, he’s verbally abused a linesman and left his team in the lurch,” said the Chippenham manager.

“He knows that he’s not been the player we thought he would be when we signed him but we have to thank him for everything that he’s done.

“It’s one of the tough decisions that you have to make and that’s the first one.

“There are one or two more we’d like to move on but it’s difficult with the transfer window closing on Friday.

“Iain Harvey, James Guthrie and Mani (Randhawa) are all due suspensions so if we move people on this week, then we may end up struggling for numbers.

“We may have to hold fire.”

Meanwhile, Mings, pictured left, has challenged the remainder of his squad to use the rest of the season to prove that they deserve to stay at the club beyond the summer, adding: “They need to show me that they want to be at the football club.

“It’s this time of year that players start becoming available and I think four or five new faces would help us push on next season.

“I believe I’ve got the nucleus of a good side but last Saturday was the first time I could say some people didn’t give their all.”

Chippenham will be holding a collection for injured striker Lewis Powell at the Stourbridge match at Hardenhuish Park on April 14.