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Basford ready for Christmas test

5 months ago By Neil McGowan

The First Team start a Christmas programme which takes in four games in ten days with a trip to Stocksbridge Park Steels on Saturday (3pm).

After Saturday’s match there are home games against Carlton Town on Boxing Day and Corby Town the following Saturday, with a trip to Loughborough Dynamo on New Years Day.

Martin Carruthers said:
“It will be the same squad this Saturday and potentially Matty Thornhill back in the squad for Boxing Day. Courey Grantham joined in training this week so he is on the road to recovery and he will be great to have back early in the New Year.

“The Christmas games are always a massive test and they are so important to the whole season. With so many points up for grabs in such a short period it can make or break your season.

“The challenge to our players now is to remain unbeaten for the rest of the year and then we will set new targets for 2018. The next three games could not have been any tougher by playing third in the league Stocksbridge who are a very good side, Carlton our big local rivals who never make it easy for us and then title favourites Corby who are probably the in form side who have made a dramatic turn around to their season.

“We have trained well during the week and we will prepare well for the games and the players understand what is at stake.

“We have that winning mentality but things change quickly in football and we will manage the squad sensibly to ensure we maximise energy for each of the games. We like to keep a settled side but we also have to protect and manage the players as professionally as possible so we will assess on a game by game basis.

“There are players in the squad who are itching to get in the side which is great for competition and added motivation to keep playing well and winning. The great thing about this squad is they are level headed and know that we are the team to beat and have to perform at 100% every game if we are to achieve our aim of promotion.”

Ground Address: Look Local stadium, Stocksbridge, Sheffield, S36 2AN.

Admission: Adults £7, Concessions £6, U16 £2.

Coach to the game leaves Greenwich Avenue at 12 noon – this is now full.

Community are at home To Bingham Town on the Greenwich Avenue pitch, kick off 3pm.

Manager Michael Leslie said:
“We have had a great few weeks leading into this game, now being unbeaten for seven games and keeping two clean sheets in a row for the first time this season. I finally feel that the squad is coming together and all the hard work behind the scenes is starting to pay off.

“Although we are full of confidence, we are still expecting Saturday’s game to be another tough match, facing a strong Bingham side who themselves have picked up some great results this season. We will have to be at our best defensively to keep Bingham's strikers, Michael Jepps and Tom Spencer quiet as their goal scoring records in recent weeks have been outstanding.”

Updated 15:33 - 31 Dec 2017 by Neil McGowan

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