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COACHES’ CORNER: Bren Kelly previews Kempston Rovers

Ahead of Saturday’s Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central fixture with Kempston Rovers, manager Bren Kelly talks the fixture, the two matches we have played in the last week and the latest on the squad.

“This Saturday, we are at the VG again, for the visit of Kempston Rovers – a side we beat 4-0 on a bitterly cold day back in December – a very strong performance on the day, with lots of positives.

“They have improved somewhat, so it’s a tricky game we will be facing.

“The lads should be full of confidence from last week’s gutsy and resilient performance against the leagues big spenders in Bedford.

“A fantastic defensive display, limiting them to just two chances all game and we looked solid against the long ball attack from them.

“Tom Taylor, playing with strained ankle ligaments, was excellent in my opinion, as was the rest for the back four.

“The concentration levels were great and will need to be repeated this Saturday.

“The squad is still strong for this Saturday, even though we have lost Richard Gregory for a few weeks and Liam Spink is unavailable due to family commitments.

“The friendly on Tuesday was a great exercise for the fringe players and lads who needed game time.

“It was also very pleasing to give the Under 18s some minutes – the lads performed very well and showed that the future is bright.

“We have also brought Cameron back from Walsall to bolster our attack and I’m hoping to add another two signings this week if possible.

“With 11 games left, every inch counts and as we approach the business end of the season.

It’s all about results, and if someone would have told me at this stage we would have scored 80 league goals and have 59 points, I would be very pleased.

“Now that we are in that position, we must try and maintain it and improve even more.

“I believe in the group and I believe that we can still pick up a good amount of points between now and April.

“The atmosphere was great again last week – the VG has become a real fortress and it’s important that the squad and the fans feel proud about that and it’s even more important we maintain it, so as always, I’ll sign off by paying tribute to our Sporting faithful, old and new, and thank you for the support.

“Get the ground rocking – it would be great to see more flags if possible guys – if the club can help in anyway, I’m sure we will.

“See you Saturday. Bren.”

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