Hailsham Town host high-flying Peacehaven & Telscombe FC on Saturday, looking to pick up their sixth league win in a row, and their ninth straight win at home.
The Stringers’ manager Kenny McCreadie is facing a continuing number of injury worries, with key players still sidelined, and admits that Saturday will be a very difficult match.
“Peacehaven and Telscombe are a tough team - they’re third and they’ve got games in hand that should put them top. We’re looking forward to it though, we’re confident.
“My defence has been working hard, we kept a clean sheet on Tuesday night and will be looking for more of the same on Saturday.”
Simon Stevens is currently sidelined for Town, as are Stewart Lewis and Ashley Jarvis. Dean Stevens is on his way back from injury, but with big players missing McCreadie admits he has had to move to other clubs to find players.
“I got Paul Tarrant in from Crawley Down.
He played on Tuesday night and fitted in very nicely.”
Due to the number of injuries, the Hailsham manager is looking to some of his senior players to step up to the plate; one of which the in-form midfielder Jamie Salvidge.
“Jamie is very, very good,” McCreadie stated.
“The lad’s work rate is frightening, and he’s always helping out with the young players. He set up a goal (on Tuesday night) and it was a magnificent performance from him.”
The goals have been flowing for the Stringers’ of late, and the majority have come from striker Danny Leach. He is close to hitting the 30 mark for the season, and is the linchpin of McCreadie’s Hailsham side.
“I tend to judge my players on what they’ve done at the end of the season, and at the end of this season he (Leach) will have scored well over 30 goals. That’s just what he does, he’s a great player.”
With games in hand on the majority of teams around them, the onus is on Town to fire themselves up the league. There are 15 games remaining, starting with two home games against third and fourth in the league respectively.