COACHES’ CORNER: Gavin Hurren previews St Ives Town

Ahead of tonight’s Pitching In Southern League Premier Central match, away to St Ives Town (7:45 KO), manager Gavin Hurren has previewed the fixture, as well as reflecting on Saturday’s win and the squad as a whole.

“First of all, I send my continued best wishes to Dave Stephens and Jeff Rea, who both have COVID, plus Graham Scott, who is recovering from being in hospital. It will be good to see them all soon.

“The Fans Forum was brilliant. It was nice to meet all the fans and I am looking forward to the next one, when the date is set.

“I felt it was really positive on Saturday. We were well organised, against a strong Barwell side who had just beaten Stratford Town 4-0.

“Credit to the boys, they stuck to the gameplan, worked hard and got all three points. It is nice to see us organised and hard to beat and hopefully if we keep up this application, work rate, desire and execution of game plans into each game, we’ll have successful results!

“Everybody applied themselves and worked hard for the team. Hopefully it was appreciated by the fans, who’s support was fantastic. It was nice to get two goals and a clean sheet.

“The back four (Dugmore, Kettle, Wise and Mace) were outstanding, Clayts (Aaron Clayton) dominated his box, Nath (Hayward) and Chops (Jack Newell) dominated the middle, Moly (Jamie Molyneux) was awesome, Miro (Pais), Cam (Ebbutt) and Shozza (Will Shorrock) were class and Connor Taylor worked his socks off. They looked like they would create every time they got on the ball.

“It was great to get Joe Willis in. He brings quality, as well as first team experience at Walsall. He’s young and exciting. His set pieces, driving forward with the ball and work rate were all superb on Saturday.

“Tonight, it’s a long drive and something a bit different with the 4G pitch. As for injuries, we’ve got everybody back, which is nice. We’ll look to get minutes into legs over the next few weeks. I’m looking forward to it!

“For me, the confidence is there. The lads are playing with a smile on their face and it’s massive that we have the support we do from our fans to keep us going on. Every game is a battle, so we must keep picking up points, with positive performances, to try and achieve best league position possible.”

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