Preview: Tudors hoping for a change of luck against Gosport Borough

Hemel Town skipper James Potton will be looking to get back in amongst the goals. Picture (c) Terry Rickeard
Hemel Town skipper James Potton will be looking to get back in amongst the goals. Picture (c) Terry Rickeard

Hemel Town manager Dean Brennan is hoping for a change of fortune when his side travel to Gosport Borough on Saturday following a string of contentious refereeing decisions in recent weeks.

Ed Oshodi has suffered a double dose of controversy after being harshly sent off in consecutive matches, while the Tudors have also felt aggrieved about a number of penalty decisions that haven’t gone their way.

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

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

“Hopefully we can get the rub of the green and get that little bit of luck that we haven’t been getting of late with refereeing decisions,” said Brennan.

“I try not to think about the decisions that have gone against us if I’m being honest. It affects you on the day because there’s a lot of passion and a lot of testosterone flying around on match days.

“It is frustrating, don’t get me wrong, because if you look back at it we should have way more points than we currently do, and we do feel that a lot of refereeing decisions have gone against us.

“It’s a tough job for the referees but we would like them to get more big decisions right, especially in our favour.”

Gosport keep a lot of clean sheets and have some fantastic front players so we know that we are going to need to play well.

Hemel Town FC manager Dean Brennan

And while he is hoping for that little bit of luck, Brennan knows that his side are in for a tough battle when they head to Gosport on Saturday.

“Gosport are a very good side; they keep a lot of clean sheets and have some fantastic front players so we know that we are going to need to play well,” said the Hemel manager.

“We are looking forward to it, they have invested heavily in their pitch down there and it’s a fantastic place to go.

“Justin Bennett, Rowan Vine and George Barker are very good players, and Gosport are also very strong defensively, with a very good goalkeeper.

“They are a very good National League South side who will definitely be up the top end of the table come the end of the season – whether or not they will be in the top-five I’m not sure, but they certainly have the quality to do that.”

Looking back at last week’s disappointing home defeat to Concord Rangers, Brennan added: “I wasn’t happy about the first half performance but I thought in the second half we showed a bit of character, had a go and created chances.

“We’ve been a bit up and down and a bit inconsistent with selections; I’ve got to take responsibility for that but we have had a lot of injuries so we are where we are.

“We are in a better position than we were this time last season and hopefully we can keep going in the right direction.”

The experienced trio of Matty Spring, Dennis Oli and Jamie Slabber are all fit to return for the Tudors on Saturday, but midfielder Matty Harriott is not included in the squad. Ed Oshodi misses out through suspension, while Ed Asafu-Adjaye is still unavailable due to a long-term knee injury.