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Saturday preview: Firsts at Romulus, CFC home to Bilborough

3 months ago By Neil McGowan

On Saturday the First Team travel to Sutton Coldfield to play Romulus, whist Community meet Bilborough Town at Greenwich Avenue (both 3.0).

Martin Carruthers sounded a note of caution ahead of the trip to Romulus:
“As we have found already this season we have not had any easy games. That is the price you pay for being successful and every side wants to be the first to beat us. Teams are raising their game and we are having to fight and scrap to the last minute of every game.

“I expect the same on Saturday and it is the worst possible time to face Romulus. Their new manager and new signings will give them a big boost and they will be all out to impress. We will once again have to be at 100% or we will get nothing from the game.

“We will not allow any complacency to creep in and we just take one game at a time and prepare as we would for any other side. I have been in football too long to know that top v bottom are the hardest games and it is definitely a banana skin. If we have any players not at the races then we will come away with nothing, it's as simple as that.

“Lewis Carr is doubtful, Matt Thornhill is out and then he is away at a brother’s wedding so he will not be back until 16th December which is a huge blow. Courey Grantham is expected to return the back end of December, Laurie Wilson hopefully early December. Dom Roma is still struggling with a foot injury and battling through for us.

“It’s a real credit to the whole squad who have done an incredible job to keep producing results and performances considering how many key players we have had missing during most games this season. The lads that have come in, Jerry Nash, Fernando Bell-Toxtle, Aidan Austin and Connor Bartle from the university have all been outstanding and they all have top drawer attitudes.

“There is no way we would be at the top of the table without their influence this year. Once everyone is fit we will be a very strong outfit. Although it has been a phenomenal effort we refuse to stand still and are always looking to develop and improve the squad so if any of our quality lads from NSL/Youth set up are ready we will not hesitate in throwing them in.

“A number will get an opportunity to impress v Gresley in the upcoming league cup game and will certainly facilitate their development and highlight that we do provide pathways for our younger players.”

Ground Address: Sutton Coldfield Town FC, Central Ground, Coles Lane, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands B72 1NL.
Admission: Adults £8, Concessions £5.

Directions from M42: Take Junction 9 and follow the A4097 to Minworth. At the island follow signs to Walmley Village. Turn right at the traffic lights onto the B4148, after passing the shops take a left at lights into Wylde Green Road. Go over the railway bridge and turn right into East View Road which merges into Coles Lane the ground is on the right, the entrance is next to the shop.

The nearest railway station to Coles Lane is Sutton Coldfield which is served at least every half hour from Birmingham New Street by trains to Four Oaks or Lichfield Trent Valley.
From the station cross the footbridge and exit the station from the opposite platform. Pass The Railway pub and cross over at the lights- continue forwards before reaching the pedestrianised High Street, turn right and follow this to the end, cross over at the lights again, turn left and take the first right, around 100 yards down the road which is Lower Queen Street. At the end, turn right and cross the zebra crossing, continue to follow the road until your next left which is Coles Lane. The entrance to the ground is 150-200 yards down the road on the left.

Community will be aiming to continue the form that has taken them into sixth place in the Notts Senior League Premier Division when they entertain Bilborough Town.

Michael Leslie said:
“It has been a whirlwind of a week for all involved with Community, with the departure of assistant managers Willis Francis and Mark Clark who have both joined Long Eaton United.

“I would like to thank them both for their efforts this season and wish them the best of luck in their new roles. Adam Beazeley will be supporting me on a temporary basis until we make a decision on replacements.

“We go into Saturday's game in fantastic shape following the best team performance of the season last week in our 5-0 win over Underwood Villa. We have had a huge amount of positive points to reflect on throughout the week from this performance, but we are expecting Bilborough to present us with a huge challenge following their disappointing result at the weekend.

“We will be welcoming back Danny Brown and Sam Winch back into the squad but will be missing Raequon Noon Brandy to work commitments.”

Updated 17:38 - 26 Nov 2017 by Neil McGowan

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