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Jay Saunders

Jay’s Journal

I know many of you are waiting for news of new signings, so I’ll start with that first.

We’ve pretty much got one agreed and that should be done early next week. The lad’s cup-tied in the Trophy, so we haven’t rushed to do the signing. He’s from another Conference club and has loads of experience.

There are one or two others in the pipeline and I am just waiting for the OK on those.

I would’ve liked to have had one or two in for this weekend but I am, and always will be, the type who’ll only bring in the right players. At the moment we’ve not been able to get the right ones across the line.

I don’t want to bring people in for the sake of it, if they’re not better than what we’ve got. We’re getting there. One’s pretty much over the line and hopefully by next weekend we should have one if not two more.

As well as those Alex Finney’s doing well. He saw the specialist yesterday and he’s been told he can be in full contact training from next Thursday. We just need to get the OK from QPR. That will be a massive boost for us. He’s been very good for us this season and if you look at the clean sheets we’ve had this year, the majority of them he’s played in.

Preparations for tomorrow’s match have gone well. Injury-wise it’s just Jack Richards, who’s cup-tied anyway, and Tom Wraight who’ll miss it.

On Monday, after a long week of travelling and coming away with no points, the boys were a bit down but at the sessions on Wednesday and Thursday they were in good spirits. We’ve got them ready and hopefully we can go out and get a good result against Gateshead.

With a place in the quarter finals and being one step closer to Wembley, there’s a lot at stake. For the players, the supporters and everyone at the club we’re desperate to get that win.

Gateshead are on a good little run at the moment and they picked up a good point against Wrexham during the week but it’s up to us to take the game to them and try and get the result.

It’s never ideal playing the same club within such a short space of time. I am not a big fan of it and said as much when we played Dover back-to-back over Christmas and New Year.

That said it helps with your prep because you know plenty about them. Sometimes you play one team at the start of the season and by the time you play them again they got several new players and it’s a new set-up.

Last bit from me, I know it’s been a frustrating couple of months. We could be sitting in a much stronger position, some of those recent results could have gone either way.

Get behind the boys tomorrow – it’s what’s needed. If we have spells tomorrow where it’s not going our way, keep cheering them on, keep the singing going and Marshy with his drum if he can keep us going because it’ll make a big difference to the lads.

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