Adam Hinshelwood’s side currently sit in second place in the early table, three points behind leaders Tonbridge Angels but with a game in hand. Since their last league outing at newly promoted Haringey Borough, the Mackerel Men have also seen progress in the Emirates FA Cup and the Velocity Trophy and will be looking to add three more points against their visitors from Kent.
Gate have made a slow start to this season after appointing experienced manager Steve Brown alongside Mike Sandman to replace Steve Watt, who was relieved of his duties after failing to make the play-offs. Brown has assembled a squad full of National League experience and Hinshelwood is aware his side will need to be wary of the threat they may provide.
‘Once again it’s another good test for us, I’m sure it’ll be as tough as last years encounters and they got a bunch of good players that haven’t quite come together yet. They’ll be looking to finish in that top 6 this year after narrowly missing out last season and we have to make sure we’re on our game and not complacent with their current league position.’
‘But it’s a good game to be involved in, we had a light session on Thursday evening after the game previous, worked on our game plan at the same time and we’ll be ready as always. We need to attack the game, be strong and prepared for what will come our way.’
Hinshelwood welcomes back Alex Parsons into the squad, but Alfie Young and Ross Edwards will miss out through injury. Jazz Rance will be assessed before kick off to see if he can take his place in the sixteen.
The match at the Bibby Financial Services Stadium kicks off at 3pm, Admission prices are £10 Adults, £5 Concessions, £3 12-16 year olds, £1 6-12 year olds and free for Under 6’s.