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Jay’s Journal

We enjoy taking part in the FA Cup. There seems to be a good atmosphere at the games and hopefully tomorrow will be another good day and we can progress to the next round.

We have had Dunstable watched twice in the last week. They are a decent side and if they had won some of the games they had drawn they would be higher up in their league. It will be different challenge to the South Park game but if we are on it and show the right commitment like we did against South Park and Ebbsfleet then hopefully we will be OK. There is no doubt that it is a tricky tie so we have to have the right attitude and show Dunstable the full respect.

At the moment I think that there might be one or two changes tomorrow. I haven’t completely made my mind up though and things might change regarding that overnight. If we do make a couple of changes it will be to freshen things up, give some of the players a game and to keep everyone on their toes.

James Rogers has returned to the club after his loan spell at Folkestone Invicta. He has looked sharp in training although he got the run around by Jack Paxman last night! James is a good lad and he is important to what we do as I said when he went out on loan.

Its difficult this year to get the players games if they aren’t in the first team so it helps that we have got the Bearsted match coming up as that will enable me to get some players minutes. It will also been good to have some 21 games and the Kent Senior Cup tie as well. We need competitions like those as we need to keep the squad fit.

Tomorrow is non-league day. I think the crowd for the last FA Cup run was a bit lower than we would have liked so it would be nice if we could get a good number in tomorrow and to put on a performance for them. I am sure people have an enjoyable experience when they come to the Gallagher Stadium and I hope that the way we have been playing over the years has enhanced that.

In other news, Simon Johnson has left the club. It is difficult for a manager when this sort of thing happens as you want every signing you make to work out and clearly some don’t. With Simon he got injured and then ill at an important time in pre-season. I then started the season with Browny (Alex Brown) who was doing well alongside Joe Healy. We then moved Jack Paxman inside and into the centre of midfield and since then we have been on a really good run. Simon travels all the way from Eastbourne and wants to play regularly. He came to see me to explain that and I had to be honest that I couldn’t see that happening in the near future, especially with James Rogers returning. We came to a mutual agreement and that was that which is a shame. Simon is a good lad and he will be missed in the dressing room. If he had stayed he might have got his chance to prove himself but unfortunately it wasn’t to be.

On Wednesday night we will be playing at Bearsted. They are celebrating their 120th anniversary this year and the game will be their first under floodlights. I started playing football at Bearsted so when we were asked to be their opponents for the match we couldn’t say no. It’s great that they have been able to get their floodlights in place. I know a lot of people who have worked very hard behind the scenes there to get it done. They are trying to kick on as a club so if we can help them in anyway and get some more people along on Wednesday night to show how they are improving their facilities then that would be good.

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