Preview: Tudors hungry to return to action against Margate

Hemel Town manager Dean Brennan, right. Picture (c) Terry Rickeard
Hemel Town manager Dean Brennan, right. Picture (c) Terry Rickeard
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Hemel Hempstead Town are ‘raring to go’ ahead of this weekend’s clash with Margate, according to manager Dean Brennan.

The Tudors have not played a full 90 minutes since their victory over Gosport Borough at the end of October. having since seen their home game with Eastbourne Borough postponed before last Saturday’s abandonment at Truro City.

It’s a game we need to win really if we want to start creeping up the table again.

Hemel Town FC manager Dean Brennan

And Brennan says that his team cannot wait to get back to action at Vauxhall Road on Saturday afternoon.

“We are raring to go and training this week has been excellent – the tempo was good and we worked on plenty of things, both collectively and individually,” said the Hemel boss.

“We haven’t played a full game for three weeks so we are really looking forward to the game on Saturday.”

Hemel go into the game against 19th placed Margate as favourites, but Brennan knows that his team cannot afford to take their opponents lightly.

“We know Margate are a very ambitious club – a seriously ambitious club – and for me they are in a false league position at this moment in time,” he said.

“Iv’e seen a lot of their games and we’ve scouted them quite a bit and they have got a lot of ability and a lot of impressive CVs.

“They have got a very experienced management team who have been there, done that and got the t-shirt so we are expecting a very tough game.

“We are under no illusions because we know Margate’s ambitions and we know where they want to go – they are a club that wants to get into the Football League.

“We need to be on our game and everyone has got to deliver a high level of performance. It’s a game we need to win really if we want to start creeping up the table again.”

Looking at the main threats posed by Margate, Brennan continued: “They have a very dangerous front three.

“They have got fantastic ability out wide and the boy (Danny) Green is an excellent player.

“The lad up front is quick, they have good experience in centre-midfield and the left-back is another excellent player.

“They have got a very good goalkeeper, and if I’m being honest they have got fantastic players right across the pitch.

“They have had an inconsistent season so far by their standards, and they will know that, so we have to make sure we play to the best of our ability to get the three points.”

Long-term absentee Ed Asafu-Adjaye is the only Hemel player unavailable for Saturday’s game, with Brennan having an otherwise fully-fit squad to choose from.