After crashing out of the F.A. Cup this week, Garry Haylock and his men will be looking to get back on track as they welcome Thurrock to Cherrywood Road tomorrow afternoon.
A 3-2 defeat in Wednesday night’s replay against Maidenhead United was met with frustration by Haylock and his players, and the ‘Boro boss pulled no punches on a disappointing night for the Yellows.
“To put it quite simply, we were poor on Wednesday,” started Haylock.
“We just didn’t get going and, even though I can’t fault the effort and endeavour of my players, we didn’t have the quality required to win. With all due respect to Maidenhead, they are side that we should be competing with on an even footing but it didn’t work out that way at all.
“What makes it harder to stomach is the fact that we should have won on Saturday, at their place. They were down to 10 men for almost an hour of the game, and we had the chances to put the tie beyond doubt. We didn’t, and we’ve paid the price.
“It would have been huge for everyone associated with the club to go on a run in the cup, and it’s hugely frustrating we’ve fallen at the first hurdle.”
Haylock, alongside senior coaches Gareth Hall and Paul Harkness, are now fully focused on steering their side away from the low reaches of the Blue Square Bet South Division, and they will have their first opportunity at getting over this week’s disappointments by taking on the bottom placed side in the division – Thurrock.
Robbie Garvey’s team finished third from bottom last year and, but for Rushden and Diamonds demise, would have been relegated if Southport had been demoted from the Blue Square Bet Premier, who also profited from the Diamonds capitulation.
Despite their stay of execution, the Fleet have once again struggled this term and registered their only league win to date by beating Staines Town, 3-2, back in early September.
Unlike ‘Boro, however, the Ship Lane outfit have progressed to the 3rd qualifying stage of the F.A. Cup, after beating VCD Athletic in a replay during the week.
Kick off tomorrow is at 3pm, with admission prices set at £12 for adults and £8 for concessions.
The new junior pricing structure is now set at £3 for 14-16 year olds, £1 for children under 14 (when accompanied by a paying adult) and FREE ENTRY for kids under 6.