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Our biggest test yet

Cox warns against complacency

31 December 2019

Our first game of the new year will be our hardest one of the season according to Neil Cox.

We travel to Maidenhead to kick off 2020 in the reverse of the Boxing Day fixture we won 3-0 at Meadow Lane, where Kyle Wootton, Sam Osborne and Kristian Dennis were on the scoresheet.

The Berkshire outfit aren’t known for their home form, but Cox expects a very different contest to last week’s as they look for revenge.

“We have to be ready,” he said. “We can’t expect it to be easy because we beat them 3-0.

“This is going to be our hardest game of the season because they’ll want to get something back.

“They put us under pressure in the second half and had a great win at home to Wrexham on Saturday.

“They probably want revenge on us and I expect them to start from where they left off.”

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It’ll be our fourth game in 11 days as we look for a fifth consecutive win in all competitions, but Cox says we’ve no new bodies on the treatment table.

“We’re still in the same boat,” he revealed. “There are a few tired bodies but the boys have come in and done the work they have to do and there is a really good mood in the camp.

“Sean Shields trained on Monday but we won’t know anything more on him until Tuesday.

“We’ll patch the others up and get them out there and we might have to make a couple of changes because it’s hard to play four games in that time.

“We’re strong and fit, though. What’s been good is those that have come into the side have done really well.”

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One of those who has particularly impressed over the festive period is Dion Kelly-Evans, and his performances haven’t gone unnoticed.

“Richard Brindley has been good for us, but he got a knock and Dion’s come in and done really well so now it’s up to him to keep his place,” said Cox.

“He’s a good lad. He works hard and wants to play every game but has no problems and doesn’t sulk if he’s not in the team.

“He’s first through the door in the morning and the last one back out and just wants to play.

“That’s the same for all the lads. They all want to win, so they’re all in the dressing room together celebrating when we do – even those who have missed out on the squad.

“The togetherness has impressed me.”


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