Tigers sign defender ahead of FC United clash

Simon Marples
Simon Marples

WORKSOP Town have moved to add a defender to their ranks, ahead of the visit of FC United of Manchester on Saturday.

Beating the non-league transfer deadline, Martin McIntosh has brought in full-back Simon Marples.

The 35-year-old has been plying his trade with Alfreton Town, after a career that started in earnest at Stocksbridge and took him to Doncaster Rovers and Chester City.

Today’s signing news eases McIntosh’s defensive worries, with right-backs Scott Wharton and Max Wragg out of contention.

Wharton could be out until August 2012 after injurying his anterior cruciate ligament earlier this season, while Wragg is moving back to Canada, where he previously featured for Victoria Highlanders.

Marples joins a Tigers side who have lost their last two outings, and will be hoping to bounce back at Cannon Park against felow play-off hopefuls FC United of Manchester.

When the two sides met in March, FC United were victorious, winning 2-1 at Gigg Lane.