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COACHES’ CORNER: Bren Kelly previews Berkhamsted

Ahead of Saturday’s Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central encounter vs Berkhamsted, manager Bren Kelly looks towards the game itself, plus an in-depth look at the camp, including injury updates and ambitions as we enter 2019.

“Hello all. I hope you’ve all had a lovely festive holiday and are raring to go into 2019 with a bang.

“I’m just about coming to terms with the bad performance at Coleshill; however, in reflection, had someone told me we would be sitting second in the table at the beginning of January, I would have took it.

“That said, we have set and continued to reset standards and raise the bar with our performances and we need to get back to those standards ASAP and consistently.

“Overall, it was a pleasing festive period and gives us something to build on in the new year.

“As I write these notes, I have been informed Jason Cowley maybe a few weeks away from full fitness and Mike McGrath is doubtful.

“Will Shorrock has a date set for surgery, but will definitely be out for up to 8 weeks.

“We have addressed one area, with Cameron Peters coming back, and We have irons in the fire for more recruits.

“Saturday’s game is a perfect chance to get back to basics and start fresh, after a very busy period with lots of unsettling issues with unavailability and a sickness bug that has spread through the squad.

“However, there were no excuses for what we produced on New Year’s Day – we were second best for 90 minutes; it was a no contest, which hurts me to admit.

“We have now hit the half way point – I can honestly say nothing or nobody fears me in this division, so we will continue to try and play forward thinking football and pick up as many points as possible.

“We are learning all the time and will always look to evolve as the season progresses.

“I feel the talent and ability is obvious for all to see – we need to work on our mentality again and push each other to get the best out of everyone.

“When myself and Andy took over last season, there were 18 games left and, so, here we are again with 18 games left.

“Hopefully we can emulate what we did last year or at least get close to it.

“I must stress we have no given right to rock up and win every game; we have to earn the right by respecting our opponents and trying to be better than them.

“Tomorrow we face a Berkhamsted who have also come up from step five and have acquitted themselves brilliantly, winning 10 of their 19 games and will no doubt be a dangerous test who have gone unbeaten nine times away from home in all competitions.

“We are in a good place and just need to be careful that we don’t get carried away and just take each game as it comes, playing to our strengths.

“Thank you for the continued, unparalleled support.”

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