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Jay's Friday Briefing

Jay Saunders speaks to Matt Davison prior to tomorrow's home game against Hemel Hempstead Town

It's back to the Halcyon Wealth Longmead Stadium for the first team's first home game since 9th September as we welcome Hemel Hempstead Town.

There could be a number of home debuts on Saturday as since we last played at home there have been a number of arrivals and departures to the playing squad, documented in other articles in the last few days, and manager Jay Saunders is hoping it all gels together as soon as possible:

He said: "A few have left, it's the way we have to work, if we want people in we have to let people go. Sean Shields is coming in, he's someone I've liked, I've tried to sign him a few times over the years. He's someone who will add quality, I know what we're going to get from him, quality on the ball, set-pieces, so I'm very pleased to get that over the line. They're good additions, we need one, maybe two more, and we're working on that.

"I don't think we're a million miles off in games and as I said on Tuesday I think confidence has been hit because we haven't won in a few games. The boys are up for it, they know what needs to be done and sooner or later we're going to start winning games and putting a run together. When you do that you jump up the league and these last few weeks are forgotten about. But it won't be an easy task against Hemel. They're a decent side, have started the season well, they're a tough nut to crack so we'll have to be on it."

Jay added:  "When things are going against you, everything goes that way. It can be one thing after another, like Gardy getting his hand stamped on the other night, the lad putting one in the top corner from 30 yards, on another day that goes anywhere. We've got to just work hard, do the right things, we trained well, and went through stuff we think we can do to win the game against Hemel and that's all you can do, not feel sorry for yourself and hopefully things will change."

A few players came off early against Chatham in the Kent Senior Cup on Tuesday night, but Jay explained it looks like there's good news on the injury front and none of them are too serious:

"I think everyone is good to go apart from the suspensions to Jamie Fielding and Jordan Higgs, I expect everyone to be fully fit.”

Published Friday 6th October 2023 (last updated Friday 3rd November 2023)