Just look back a few months to the FA Cup game at home to Oldham to see how well we have done and come. The weekend previous to that game we had 'managed' to hold Gateshead to a draw at Aggborough and that was a good result for us back then. We were in 21st place that weekend but just a month later we had moved up to 11th place with a brilliant 2-0 win at home to Wrexham.
It makes you giddy just thinking about it.
All that doesn't mean to say that we're home and dry, far from it because tomorrow we face a side that have never been a pushover since they gained promotion a few seasons back. OK, in their first season they had a reputation for being slightly agricultural but that seems to have been booted into history. Now they play decent, attractive football and will come to Aggborough looking to make it hard for us and gain three points for themselves.
At FGR we were without the services of full back Lee Vaughan with a damaged groin. He could still be missing tomorrow with Steve Burr having no wish to rush him back and do more damage so to that end Ricky Shakes could continue in the rôle he starred in admirably at The New Lawn.
Anthony Malbon, the scorer of the goal that night, could also be a doubt following his sudden crumple to the floor towards the end of the game. It looked at first as if his hamstring had gone but according to the man himself it was his knee and that is now swollen up. Hopefully he'll be good to go because the goal scoring run he is on now is something he's been waiting and longing for, for ages now.
Keith Briggs and Jack Byrne remain long term injuries but Briggsy is reportedly on his way back soon. There is no word on Nathan Jarvis who has been back at Cardiff getting treatment to a training ground injury.
Our guests tomorrow, Alfreton, lost controversially at Nuneaton on Tuesday evening and the previous week 2-1 at Macclesfield yet the previous game to that they won 3-0 at play-off hopefuls Cambridge so you can see that they'll be no pushover.
They'll be without Anton Brown, who is still recovering from a hamstring strain, and central defender Adam Quinn will require a late test on a calf strain which has kept him out of recent games.
I think that we could still be too good for Alfreton and even with Malbon possibly missing we should have enough strength in depth up front to take that into account. With both Grimsby and Wrexham in FA Trophy action tomorrow and FGR not having a game we only need Telford to do us, and themselves, a favour at Newport to make the table look even better.
2nd place by 5.00pm tomorrow is looking a very strong possibility. Now where were we just before the Oldham game?
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Lewis, N Vaughan, L Vaughan, Williams, Dunkley, Demetriou, Gowling, Shakes, Storer, Vincent, Jackman, Pilkington, Guinan, Johnson, Pearson, Malbon, Gittings, Morgan-Smith, Devaney, Jarvis, Rowe, Blissett.
Barnes, Law, Franklin, Taylor, Quinn, Kempson, Soares, Clayton, Bradley, Arnold, Franks, Meadows, Boden, Streete, Hewitt, Worsfold, Tomlinson, Killock, Holohan.
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