Steve’s Thursday briefing looks at the weekend ahead
A win tomorrow doesn’t guarantee safety
It's a big Easter double header for Angels this weekend with Slough coming to Longmead tomorrow and Dulwich the hosts on Monday
Steve McKimm, encouraged by the performances of many young and less used first team players at Welling on Tuesday, plans to use his squad to its maximum over Easter:
"We have to get through Friday and have a look at it. If I'm asking them to put maximum effort in, there are going to be some tired bodies going into Dulwich on the Monday, so I do envisage some changes, either enforced or my idea of refreshing a couple of things, but it won't be wholesale changes. Slough is the most important game and we look at Dulwich from Saturday onwards.
"Everyone is available apart from James Taylor, who has been in with Palace and could be available Monday. He's upped his training, Palace are being cautious which is fine, I have no problem with that, they're his club.
"We won't train between the two games. We wouldn't if it was Saturday-Tuesday. If we were full-time we would but we don't get that time. Their time is precious with their families. Their families give a lot up for those players, but they do it because they love it, the families support them, so they'll be spending that time with their families."
The game reunites Steve with two former team-mates. Slough have joint managers in Neil Baker and Jon Underwood. The pair met when they were team-mates at Farnborough and Steve McKimm was in that team too:
"They're very nice people, humble people, good football people. They've done a tremendous job at Slough and with a lack of resources they're similar to a lot of teams and they're punching above their weight. They beat us in December, they told me they didn't deserve that but that was our luck at the time. It's going to be a tough game. I know how they work and they get maximum effort out of their players. We just have to stand up to that and try and have that extra bit of quality to win the game."
A win tomorrow would put Tonbridge on 41 points, which means we would finish the season on more than a point-per-game, but Steve denies that means safety:
"Would you have said someone can still get in the play-offs who has 44 points? Probably 7th down to 13th all have a possibility of getting in the play-offs. It's very tight apart from the ones who have run away at the top of the league. There are going to be some twists and turns. We need to keep plugging away and getting as many points as possible because we don't want anything relying on that St Albans game."
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