In the absence of a home match this week, 1874 Manager Ian Street gives his squad update.
Just a few lines as an update re recent thoughts, info and events:
We go into a break from our normal league games tomorrow for a visit to the seaside with the trip to Squires Gate FC in the League Challenge cup, I braved a cold damp night at Runcorn Town on Monday night to have a good look at them, when the game on the box was Fulham v Crystal Palace I didn’t really have much to make me think of staying at home on the couch as an alternative.
They were a very young and energetic side and I would say it’s the best ‘Gate team I have seen for a number of years so we will have to be at our best to get a result up there, I am confident we have what it takes though – but football is never that predictable, it’s not often we are the underdogs so the only pressure on us is achieving our own ambitions and maintaining our standards.
I spent Tuesday’s cold and damp night (bit harder this one, it was AC Milan v Barca on Sky..!) at Atherton LR watching Nelson FC while our players went through a very hard ‘core strengthening’ training session inside at the Lostock Sports club put on by a fitness instructor that does sessions for Sale Sharks, the game at LR was pretty poor and on any other night Nelson could have won by five or six clear goals but after too many missed early chances and not getting the most blatant penalty decision ever it ran out in just a narrow 3-2 victory for them.
We still maintain our top of the table status which is good to see although I’m sure that will not be the case at five o’clock on Saturday with Hanley and Nelson playing each other in the league on the same afternoon, let’s hope we can at least be feeling good about getting through to the next round of the cup as an alternative.
At the moment the lads seem to be enjoying their football and having ‘almost’ everyone fit and available helps us a great deal, the squad is settled and focused on what we are trying to do and probably the only new signing on the horizon is a striker who is working hard in training trying to get back some lost fitness due to a period of inactivity, that may take a few weeks but eventually and hopefully he will be worth the wait, those that travelled across for the recent friendly at Alty will know who I am talking about.
Myself and the players are looking forward to the race night on Saturday night, I hope as many of them can get there as possible even if it’s just for an hour or so, it’s down as a team night out so the usual fines will be taken from the absentees and put into our ever growing ‘players pot’.
Feel free to ask them any questions, sometimes it’s hard to feel comfortable and know how to act as a player in the company of supporters and committee, most are not quite used to it so breaking the ice can reap rewards for both parties I’m sure.
It wouldn’t be right to sign off without saying on behalf of the team and myself the usual thank you to all of you for the continued support that you give us, even if you are not making it to as many games as you would like to, the energy that is created with your interest and input is helping the club to grow and get stronger.
Onwards and upwards.