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Jay’s Journal

I still need to have a chat with Nicky and Jamie but I think I know how we are going to go for tomorrow’s match against St Albans City. We have just got to keep our run going. It doesn’t matter whether it’s an FA Cup match, a league fixture or even a friendly like we had against Bearsted, you want to keep winning games as it’s a habit and a good feeling.

The reports we have had on St Albans have said that they are a good side with a number notable individuals in the squad. For some reason they haven’t quite clicked yet but there is no doubt they are a threat, particularly up front and from out wide. They have also got a number of experienced players who have been involved at this level for quite some time. If anyone is thinking that because we beat Ebbsfleet our match against St Albans will be easier then they are in for a surprise because it certainly won’t be.

St Albans were beaten 6-0 in their last league game by Whitehawk. Whitehawk are a very good side, especially up front and if you are having an off day they are the sort of team that will punish you. Those sorts of results tend to happen occasionally but I am sure that St Albans will be looking to put things right after that. I know that they won’t come to the Gallagher Stadium and just roll over as they will be looking to respond positively so we have got to be fully prepared for that.

I don’t think we will have to worry about the players focusing on tomorrow’s game only and thinking about the FA Cup match the following week instead. We have always had a group of lads who only concentrate on what is immediately ahead of them and they won’t worry about the Chippenham fixture until after tomorrow. They also know that if you want to have a good season you have got to keep ticking off the three points in the league.

Injury wise, Alex Brown is getting there with his recovery. He is back running but as he has had a medial knee ligament injury we have to be cautious about when he can risk contact with the leg again. Realistically I think he is still at least a couple of weeks away from being involved again but if it is quicker than that then obviously that will be a bonus.

Alex Flisher had a good run out against Bearsted in the week. He was also able to fully train last night as well so he is getting there. With Alex it’s just a question of fitness so we have got to build him up slowly and keep giving him minutes when we can. It’s a bit frustrating as we would love to have a fully flying Flisher back playing regularly but after nine months out we know it will take a little while for him to return to that point.

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