Preview: Depleted Tudors prepare for the visit of in-form Truro
Hemel Hempstead Town will be looking to extend their four-game unbeaten run in the National League South when they welcome Truro City to Vauxhall Road on Saturday.
The Tudors go into the game on the back of two wins from their last two league fixtures, but they will be in for a stern test against a Truro side who are unbeaten since early December.
“We know a lot about Truro, having played them not too long ago,” said Hemel manager Dean Brennan. “They are a good side in fantastic form, and we are going to have to be right on top of our game if we are going to get anything from them.
“What they have been doing this season is unbelievable really. They have been the surprise package of the season, so full credit to them and their management team.
“They have got unbelievable pace up the top end, and when we played them down at their place they scored three fantastic goals against us – possibly the best goals that have been scored against us all season.
“We had chances ourselves, but in all honesty I thought they were better than us in central midfield and that’s an area that we are going to have to get right.
“We will have a gameplan, and it’s important to stick to that, like we have done in the last two games. Those worked to perfection, and hopefully this one can too.
“It’s important that we don’t let them get into their rhythm and their flow, so we will try and get at them and get in their faces like we have done recently. We’ve got to make sure that we don’t get beaten, first and foremost.” Hemel go into the game with a raft of injuries, and the Tudors have also been hit by the loss of loanee Sean Shields after he was recalled by parent club Ebbsfleet.
Brennan continued: “I’ve got two more missing from the team that started on Tuesday because Reiss Greenidge will be out for three to four weeks with a gash on his foot so we won’t be renewing his loan.
“Shaun Shields has also been recalled by Ebbsfleet because they have injuries and suspensions. So we are down to 11 players.
“Both lads came in and did a really good job for us so we thank them for everything they’ve done for us, but it is a blow. We’ve just got to get on with it and deal with it – all I can really do about it is smile and learn from it.
“We’re trying to get players in – I’ve sent out loads of messages to different managers and different players. I’ve probably gone for six or seven players, but some of them are asking for stupid money that we can’t afford, while one or two of them are staying where they are for footballing reasons. At the moment, we’ve had no joy.
“Frustrating is a word we could use, but it is an unbelievable test for us as a football club. It’s important on Saturday that we don’t get beat, because we want to extend that four-game unbeaten run.
“Two of our players will get an opportunity to come into the team, so hopefully they will do the business for us. It’s a great opportunity for them.
“We just want to keep that momentum going, keep sticking together, make it difficult for the opposition and keep taking it one game at a time.”