Our last home game against Luton was disappointing and we know that we are capable of better. That 2-0 defeat was an off day for us with hardly a shot on goal and, come to that, Luton didn't do much either apart from scoring from two penalties.
James Dance (left) scored both our goals at Welling and he'll be hoping for a second start of the season on the back of that brace although it would be nice for Michael Gash and Anthony Malbon to chip in too. Late in the second half Amari Morgan-Smith and Nathan Blissett replaced them and looked slightly more threatening without really threatening, so to speak.
We still have some injuries in the camp with Callum Gittings definitely out following his ankle injury in the final seconds of the Luton game while Joe Lolley and Jamie Tolley are on the mend but probably won't be fit in time for the game. Nathan Vaughan could appear again between the sticks following his comparatively successful ninety minutes last Saturday but I feel that Danny Lewis will probably return.
The main worry is the possible loss of Josh Gowling to injury. With no recognised defender on the bench all season and Jamie Grimes reportedly still out with a groin injury it leaves us with the only option of bringing someone in on loan before five o'clock this evening.
Our visitors, Hyde, have only picked up two points so far in this campaign. They started the season with a massive 8-0 loss at FGR but have tightened up since that game and drawn at home to Hereford with a similar result at Wrexham. All their other defeats have been narrow ones against Southport, Grimsby and Barnet with the last one being probably their 'best' defeat so far in a game they dominated at home to Cambridge last Saturday only to lose to a late first half goal from Adam Cunnington.
Injuries within the Hyde squad are unknown but they have made one signing this week by bringing an injured player in. Rhys Day retired from Mansfield a couple of seasons ago due to a bad knee injury that forced him out of the game. He's now joined up with Hyde but with out any recent football his fitness will be in question and it's doubtful if he'll play.
I'm expecting us to be too strong for a Hyde side that will come looking for a point or a breakaway win. Dancer got our season back on track last week and although I wouldn't expect him to score for fun every week I think we'll be up for it.
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Lewis, N Vaughan, L Vaughan, Grimes, Dunkley, Demetriou, Gowling, Tolley, Storer, Fowler, Jackman, Lolley, Angus, Dance, Johnson, Malbon, Morgan-Smith, Gash, Blissett.
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