Halifax confirmed their place, along with Cambridge, yesterday when they saw off Macclesfield to go into third place leaving Grimsby and Gateshead just below them and Braintree and ourselves knocking at the window. Barnet are also in with an outside chance but to leapfrog three teams on goal difference would be a big ask.
We'll be going into tomorrows game on the back of three straight wins, home to Welling and Cambridge and away at Hyde on Friday. Again we seemed to struggle in the first half of that game and it wasn't until after halftime, and a few personnel changes, that we looked anything like good. Those that went to the game say that the 3-1 scoreline flattered us and Hyde deserved at least a point from the game.
Kyle Storer returned to the squad at Hyde following his four games out due to his dismissal at Salisbury a few weeks ago. He came on during the second half as did Adrian Cieslewicz and Amari Morgan-Smith to add a bit of craft to the team with AMS scoring the third and final goal for us following a first half tap in for Amari Bell early on in the first half for his second goal in a row and then the second getting added via an own goal but many fans saying that it would have gone in anyway after Michael Gash's original shot had already beaten the keeper.
We should be almost at full strength for the game tomorrow with just the two long termers out injured. Danny Jackman won't be seen again before the end of the season but Josh Gowling has supposedly been on his way back for the last few games but not appeared yet. Anthony Malbon will be missing with a long term illness but nothing to worry about too much.
Nuneaton have lost much of the form that saw them as early front runners in this league and in recent weeks have been dropping like a stone to almost the very bottom of the form table with just a point from the draw at Alfreton keeping them above Hyde. That relegation form has come mainly since the departure of their former manager Kevin Wilkin to Wrexham a couple of months ago. They bought in a permanent new manager last week with Brian Reid taking over from the caretaker manager Mark Noon. Nothing much is known about Reid either by me or the Nuneaton fans beside once playing for Rangers and managing Ayr Utd.
Nuneaton have no noticeable injuries so should come to us in full strength and plenty of fans to make it a good Bank Holiday fixture with, hopefully, collecting all three points to set us up nicely for our final game of the season proper at Halifax next Saturday.
Lewis, N Vaughan, L Vaughan, Grimes, Dunkley, Williams, Demetriou, Storer, O'Keefe, Byrne, Verma, Riis, Bell, Morgan-Smith, Blissett, Cieslewicz, Wright, Gittings, Gash.
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