NOT ONLY do Cirencester Town and Gloucester City share the same ground, they seem to be swapping players as well.

Former Town captain Jamie Reid has completed his move back to the Tigers, while Ciren boss Brian Hughes has signed right back Matt Sysum, 20, after his second successful loan spell from the Gloucester club.

"We didn’t want Reidy to go, but he is a Gloucester lad and I guess he was flattered to be asked to play two divisions higher," said Hughes "It shows ambition on his part and I’d like to think all my squad want to play at a higher level.

"Reidy was my first signing when I came back to manage Cirencester and, with him, what you see is what you get. He is a workhorse who always puts a shift in for you.

"But we have lost one and got one with Matt Sysum coming in on a non-contract basis.

"We’re delighted to have ‘Sys’ as he is one of those young, athletic, strong players that you can build a side around.

"Ultimately, I see him becoming a centre half, but at the moment we are happy with him at right back.

"He has done a good job in both his loan spells for us, this season and last, and being a good friend of Carl Brown’s, I would have been disappointed had he gone anywhere else."

With his side having played just one match since November 28, because of the weather and the foibles of the fixture list, Hughes was keen to put on friendly tonight (Tuesday), especially as his side look set for a return to action with a home game against struggling Taunton Town on Saturday.

"Our groundsman told me that the pitch had not fully recovered from the waterlogging after the melted snow," said Hughes. "The club needs the revenue and we would have looked foolish if we had knackered the pitch for a friendly and forced Saturday’s game to be called off.

"Taunton Town are due to visit Bishops Cleeve tomorrow (Wednesday) and player coach Keith Knight will be going along to watch them for us."