CHRIS HARDY: Let's keep The Turnbull a fortress

Chris Hardy's weekly column
Chris Hardy's weekly column

The Turnbull Ground is becoming something of a fortress for us this season.

I think there are a number of reasons behind this.

We know our surroundings at The Turnbull, everything from where to park, the changing rooms and the pitch, which is superb and allows us to get the ball down and play at a decent tempo.

Long may our good home run continue as it seems to have given a boost in terms of attendance figures too.

We face a very tough task to maintain that run this Saturday though.

Matlock are enjoying a great run of form at the moment and are in and around the teams chasing a play-off position in the league.

They won’t come here and lie down, we’ll need to continue to play the way we have been all season and work hard to get the win.

Saturday’s FA Trophy win against Workington made for a great spectacle for the fans.

It was an end-to-end game that had everything, and above all else it showed the character of my players to come back from 2-0 down and win 4-3.

It was very pleasing for me to see the lads roll up their sleeves and work their way back into the game.

Clearly, conceding three goals from set-pieces isn’t great, but it hasn’t been an issue over recent months.

It’s something we will talk about and look at, but I won’t be getting too worked up worrying about it.

Young Jack Blackford made a brief appearance on Saturday after joining us on loan from Hartlepool United.

We needed to strengthen after two players moved on, but bringing Jack in wasn’t a kneejerk reaction.

We’ve been scouting Hartlepool’s second string for a while now and Jack has impressed me when I’ve seen him.

He’s my type of player. He doesn’t stand tall, but he’s very good on the ball and he offers us something different to what we already have in the squad.

He’ll be in contention to start on Saturday, but we’ll wait to make that decision.