Preview: Tudors head to Weston-Super-Mare in search of third consecutive win

Hemel Hempstead Town manager Dean Brennan. Picture (c) Terry Rickeard
Hemel Hempstead Town manager Dean Brennan. Picture (c) Terry Rickeard

Hemel Hempstead Town are looking to make it three wins on the spin when they travel to Weston-Super-Mare tomorrow.

The Tudors have made a flying start to the 2015/16 National League South campaign, recording back-to-back 1-0 victories over Dartford and Chelmsford.

I’m expecting a very, very tough game - obviously it’s a long journey and we only have 13 players fit at this moment in time.

Hemel Hempstead Town manager Dean Brennan

And Hemel boss Dean Brennan admits that confidence is high in the camp at present. Speaking after the team’s training session on Thursday, he said: “Training was excellent, the place is really buzzing. We’ve just got to stay focussed and keep taking it game by game.

“The next opportunity for us to play and take points is against Weston-Super-Mare so that’s another very important game for us.”

Weston have made a miserable start to the season, suffering two heavy defeats, but Brennan is warning his side not to get complacent against the league’s bottom side.

“They will be looking to bounce back so I think it will be a very, very tough game,” he said. “We can’t take them lightly because they have got a lot of pace in wide areas and a lot of players that can hurt you.

“They’ve got a fantastic player in the boy (Dayle) Grubb; he is one of the best players in this league in my eyes.

“I’m expecting a very, very tough game - obviously it’s a long journey and we only have 13 players fit at this moment in time.”

Hemel have been hit by a raft of injuries, but Brennan is challenging his threadbare squad to rise to the challenge.

“We have got suspensions and injuries so we are trying to make a couple of signings,” he continued. It’s another test for the squad but it’s a test that we are really looking forward to.

“(Dennis) Oli’s got some kind of bang and the physio reckons that he will be back fit next week; Mo Shariff looks like he is going to be out for between 10 days and two weeks so it’s not as long as we feared initially. We will see how they ease down, and they will have the weekend off.”

One player who is back from injury is club captain James Potton – and Brennan is backing his skipper to have a big impact tomorrow.

“Potts is fully-fit now – we are delighted to have him back and it’s just about getting him match fit as quickly as we can, “ he said. “He’s a big player for us and there are big things to come from him, we really believe in him as a management team. I think he will do really well on Saturday because it is a game that will suit him.”

New signing Eddie Oshodi is suspended for tomorrow’s game, but Brennan was quick to laud the credentials of his latest recruit.

He added: “Oshodi is a good player who is Conference National level really. We have just got to get him fit now; he’s trained this week for the first time with the group and he looked sharp so he’s available from Tuesday evening.

“He’s an experienced player and he is the type of player we want to be attracting to this football club. We needed to get a centre-half in so we are delighted.”

However, David King looks set to leave the club after Brennan revealed that the defender has been transfer-listed.

“We’ve had a discussion with Dave King and I don’t think that the player is totally happy at the football club,” said the Tudors boss. “That’s no problem whatsoever, he’s been a fantastic servant to us, but we have circulated his name and basically he is going on the transfer list.

“We aren’t getting rid of him, it’s just not working out at this moment in time for the player at this football club. It’s better for both parties if we go our separate ways and we will see who comes in for him.”