Saturday sees the start of three very important games that will help decide the survival of the club in the National League. All three games are away from home, and United’s first takes them to Maidstone United on Saturday.
United haven’t played since a 3-2 defeat to Sutton United on February 20th and the team are eager to bounce back from that defeat which could have gone either way on the night.
“We’ve worked hard, we’ve trained well,” said Owers at his weekly press call.
“Every day we try and do the best we can. You’re always concerned about getting the amount of training right. Sometimes you can undercook it, sometimes you can overdo it, so hopefully we have got that right. I feel like when we have trained over the last two weeks, the lads have trained really well.
The Gaffer is looking to his entire squad to deliver for the remaining games this season. Whether picked the the starting XI or not, all players have a part to play. Making an impact when given an opportunity could be paramount.
“The only other thing that is on my mind is people coming into the game off the bench and making an impact, we haven’t had that. I can’t recall anyone coming into a game and having a big effect. Scoring a goal, or setting one up. Everyone thinks they should be in the team. Everyone offers and explanation as to why I should be picking them but I always say, it’s actions [not words].
Maidstone currently sit in 18th place on 39 points. They hit a rich vein of form at this stage last season to get themselves out of relegation trouble. United will be out to stop them and to push the club closer to safety.
“We should have beaten them in the league [game] easily. I mixed the team up in the [FA] Trophy game and took a bad defeat. Again, that was a game where there was an opportunity for players that wasn’t taken.
“The league has got tougher, I think. Every game is difficult. We’ve got a lot of work to do, but we’re going to try and do it.
The squad have been hit with the news that United defender Ryan Higgins has had to retire from the game due to a serious heart condition. Josh Gowling could be in contention after returning to training this week. The Club has extended George Dowling’s loan until the end of the season.
The lads need all the help they can get from the Yellow Army on Saturday, and for the rest of the week. Please get to the game if you can and cheer them on to some precious three points.
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Maidstone United Vs Torquay United | 10/03/18 | 3pm Kick-Off
The Gallagher Stadium
James Whatman Way,