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Jay's Friday Briefing

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"Its nice to be back in front of our supporters"

We play our first home game for three and a half weeks against Oxford City on Saturday.  We are looking for a third home win in a row.

Manager Jay Saunders said: "It's nice to be back in front our supporters and it's been a busy period.  We spoke after the Hemel game and we said it's really important we use these ten days well.  I feel we've done that, we had a good meeting with Parky and Blacky and discussed where the squad is at and what we needed to do to change things slightly, and then we had a good week's worth of training."

With two players (Manny Maja and Luke Holness) leaving, and Scott Wagstaff being added, we asked Jay if he's now happy with the squad he's got and whether any other changes might be forthcoming:

"It depends on a couple of injuries.  We've got Swifty who's out for a couple of weeks, he's seeing a specialist tomorrow and a lot depends on how that goes.  If not then we probably need another centre half in, although Parky's improving.  You never say never with bringing players in but they've got to be the right ones.  With Luke Holness going out up front is an area we may need to look at although we've got Dylan Gavin back now.  He's been given the all clear by Charlton, he's back in the squad which is a big plus for us."

"Tushaun Walters' loan period has finished and he has gone back to Maidstone.  I chose not to extend it, it didn't quite happen with injuries and not being able to play in the FA Cup, then the opportunity came to sign Ruben, and with wide areas we've got options.  I thank him for his time but it wasn't one we could extend."

"Jamie Fielding will miss out tomorrow, he may do the warm up tomorrow and if he comes through that and training he could be in contention for the Dartford game.  Scott Wagstaff is raring to go, we've just got to make a decision what we do.  We've got a couple who we'll need to look at in the morning who've trained and we need to see if they've had any reaction."

Finally on tomorrow's opponents Oxford City, Jay said: "The games I've watched they've been really impressive, they're well established in this league and have individuals who can cause problems.  It'll be tough.  They've had a tough week, they went to extra time in the FA Cup at Plymouth Parkway, but they've got excellent players, some ex football league players, but last night our players were eager to get going and it's a good opportunity to play at home and put on a good performance."

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Published Friday 7th October 2022