Tonbridge Angels are up next for ‘Boro this Tuesday, in what Manager Spencer Day labels an ‘absolute monstrous six-pointer’. (Skrill South League Fixture – Kick off 7.45pm)
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Courtesy of Saturday’s vital win, ‘Boro are now five points above the Skrill South relegation zone in 16th place. A ‘Boro win would see them reach the 30 point mark, and depending on other results on the evening; it could lift them as high as 14th place.
Ahead of Tuesday’s game, ‘Boro boss Spencer Day told BBC Surrey:
“Absolute monstrous six pointer. They’ve got a few games in hand on us. We do have a few points but if they win those games in hand they go above us. (They will be a) Very strong physical side. I watched them recently, they’ve not played an awful lot of football and it’s just a massive game. We need the fans to get here and get behind us.
“We had a vital win on Saturday, it wasn’t a great performance, we know the pitch is going to be heavy, we know the forecast is just about good enough that we think the game will be on and we know we can perform a lot better on Saturday but it’s just vital that we get a result.
“I do think we’ve been particularly strong in that (the defence) area up until last Saturday. I felt defensively we looked rusty on Saturday as I said, that’s easy to explain because the amount of training and games that we’ve missed. When things aren’t going your way you have to try things. Some work and you hope more work than don’t. We’ve got some options, we changed the system three quarters of the way through on Saturday and scored two goals from it, so we’ve got options and that’s nice that I’ve got some options to give us a change if things aren’t going well.
“As I said, Saturday was a very tight game and thankfully for us the change of system and a substitute turned it (the game) our way so it’s nice we can look at different formations, make sure the opposition are kept on their toes, and hopefully we can go and get another vital three points.
“I like to know as much (about the opposition) as I can, but it’s about us, it’s about what we do generally. We try and be positive, we try and entertain but it’s important you’re aware of what the opposition may do, but we’re the home side. You’ve got to look at the pitch; you’ve got to look at the conditions. It’s not the greatest time to be passing the ball left, right & centre as it would be early on in the season with the pitches as they are. You saw on Saturday that I thought we passed the ball too often and too short, particularly in the first half and the pitch took the ball away from us on a number of occasions.
“It’s not about the opposition, it’s about us, it’s about what we do and we want to be positive and it’s just a massive six pointer followed by another one the following Saturday.”
Of their 12 away trips so far this season, The Angels have won 3; drawn once and lost 8, but remain in 19th place on goal difference. One of their three games in hand is tomorrow’s encounter at Paddy Power Park. Tonbridge haven’t played since before postponed fixture on 25th January but last time out Bath City came away from the Longmead Stadium with a point in a 1-1 draw on Tuesday 21st January.
Tonbridge lost the services of Mikel Suarez who departed to Dartford last week, coupled with news that Gavin McCallum had been recalled by Sutton United, which leaves Angels short up front going into games with Hayes & Yeading (which was postponed on Saturday) and Farnborough. On Monday, Tonbridge signed Dover Athletic speedster Michael Bakare, who will come into the squad for tomorrow’s game against Farnborough.
The Angels boss Tommy Warrilow admits this season is becoming a nightmare for Tonbridge Angels as yet more fixtures have fallen foul of the weather. On Friday he told Kent and Sussex Courier:
“It’s unbelievable. The easy option would be to extend it. It’s not just that. You’re asking fans to pay for three games a week to come and watch us play. They’ve not got the money and they want quality not quantity. You don’t want all the fixtures squashed in, just to please a fixture list.
“But, if you extend it, you’ve got the additional costing of wages. Who knows? The problem you’ve got with lots of games crammed in is you’re going to get injuries. You’ll be down in numbers with no recovery time. It’s just been an absolute nightmare. We’ve had five home games since October. Two of them were cup games. It’s absolutely ridiculous. Fair play to the club for getting through it.”
On the player front, Warrilow added: “We are really light on numbers, but I won’t make a knee-jerk reaction. Dominic Green’s loan has expired and he returned to Ebbsfleet after barely playing a game. Gavin McCallum’s deal has also expired. We’ve also got Lee Browning out for three games which does not help.
Nathaniel Pinney is back at the club, having played little football in his spell at Dulwich Hamlet, and Warrilow says he will probably keep him at the club.
“Pins is back. We’ve been trying to get him games and if I can get Pins out I will. But it’s more likely I will keep him with us. Trying to get him games in December didn’t work out. And Luke Blewden is on a dual registration at Lewes. But he is our player and I can call him back whenever I want. That is the score with him.”
Midfielder Qudus Bolaji and youth product Cameron Milham have also signed Conference South forms as Angels are light in midfield tomorrow night, with Lee Browning suspended. Matt Harden and Charlie Slocombe will also travel with the squad.
The Bar will be open from 5pm.
Turnstiles open at 6pm and Admission Prices are:
- Adult – £12
- Concessions – £8
- Children (Under 16’s) – FREE
PLEASE NOTE: All Season ticket holders and Complimentary tickets must enter the Stadium via Turnstiles on a Match Day.
- Car Park – £2
- Boro View (Match Day Programme) – £2
Skrill South Fixtures – Tuesday 4th February 2014 (All kick off at 7.45pm)
Bishop’s Stortford vs Staines Town
Concord Rangers P-P Havant & Waterlooville – Postponed due to Havant & Waterlooville’s continued involvement in the FA Trophy.
Eastleigh vs Dover Athletic
Farnborough vs Dorchester Town
Gosport Borough vs Sutton United
Hayes & Yeading United vs Bath City
Maidenhead United vs Weston-Super-Mare
Whitehawk vs Eastbourne Borough
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