ADIE Mings has recruited two new players as he looks to reinforce his Chippenham Town side’s Southern League promotion push.

The Hardenhuish outfit have struggled for personnel in recent weeks and the signing of Tiverton Town’s Lewis Powell and Team Bath’s Shaun Lamb will give Mings vital options at the business end of the season.

Striker Powell, 21, has arrived after a brief spell at Tiverton Town, who he joined after an impressive run of goalscoring form at Clevedon Town.

Mings said: “He’s scored wherever he’s gone. He’s quite a powerful lad, has got good touch and links the play up very well.

“He’s got very good movement in the box and plays very well on the last defender.”

The former Weston-super-Mare striker is seen as the replacement for Ben Highmore, who has decided he wants to stay at Larkhall Athletic.

The forward, who was not on contract at Hardenhuish Park, was offered a “massive financial package” by the Bath club, according to Mings, and Chippenham do not have the financial clout to keep him on board.

Welshman Powell played all 90 minutes of Chippenham’s 2-2 draw against Gloucester City on Saturday, while Mings’ other new signing, Lamb, managed 80.

Lamb, 22, who can operate at centre back or left back, had not played for three months before Saturday due to injury and a dispute with former club Team Bath.

Mings said: “He’s a cultured defender. I think he got in the Southern League team of the year last season.

“He was at Bristol City with Kye Holly and it was very unfortunate he got released just over two years ago. We’re pleased we’ve got someone of Shaun’s calibre in, who provides good cover for Kev Halliday.”

Chippenham take on lowly Yate Town tomorrow at Lodge Road.

Sam Allison and Luke Gullick miss out but Iain Sercombe should recover from flu.

The Bluebirds’ hosts sacked their manager Richard Thompson this week.