CHRIS HARDY: We need to maintain our form

We came out of our two home games in the space of four days with two 1-1 draws, and I have to say both were fair results.

Thursday, 5th March 2020, 10:00 am
Chris Hardy's column

Starting with Tuesday night’s draw with Mickleover, I feel we did well to come away with something given the lack of a recognised striker on the pitch and the key players we had missing.

Brad (Fewster) has maybe taken on too much, too soon since coming back after a long lay-off, Paul (Blackett) is struggling with a knock and Matty (Tymon) is likely to be out for a couple of weeks.

Add to that Callum (Patton) was unavailable and our options were limited.

We’ve managed to do a couple of pieces of business on the day to bolster the numbers, bringing Jake Hackett back to the club for a second loan spell from Sunderland and also signing Andre Bennett on a dual registration from Whitley Bay.

The game ended on a sour note, with us missing some really good chances to steal the win, and seeing Brad Mills sent off just a minute after coming off the bench.

I have to say the behaviour of the Mickleover captain and a few others was very unsportsmanlike, trying to get Brad sent off and then getting sent off himself.

We now quickly head into a very busy period with games continuing to come thick and fast.

We travel to Stafford on Saturday and having had a proper ding-dong battle with them a few weeks ago when we beat them 2-1 at home, we know it won’t be an easy game by any stretch.

I’m hopeful Fewster and Blackett will both be available, and we hope to have Patton available for what would be his last game before he has an operation that will see him miss the rest of the season.

Evan Horwood also missed Tuesday night, but returns to the squad for the Stafford match.