Hemel Hempstead Town manager Dean Brennan says his side are chomping at the bit as they prepare to take on Truro City on Saturday following last weekend’s postponement.
The Tudors were scuppered by the rain as their game against Eastbourne Borough was called off five days ago, but Brennan says the squad have trained excellently since then and are raring to go.
“It rained for about three or four days so there wasn’t anything we could do about it really,” he said. “I gave the lads the weekend off and they have trained excellently this week.
“We are looking forward to the trip to Truro because when you haven’t played for a couple of weeks coming off the back of a great victory (6-2 at Gosport Borough), you want to play again as quickly as possible to keep the momentum.”
Looking at Saturday’s opponents, who are unbeaten in the league since the end of August, Brennan said: “We know it’s going to be a tough game because Truro are seventh in the league so they are obviously doing quite well.
“I watched them last week and they are a good side, with a lot of pace going forward, so it’s going to be a very tough game. They are a young team with a lot of ability.
All I can say to the players is to go out there and work your socks off for yourselves, your family and for each other and then it’s down to them to do what they are good at.Hemel Town FC manager Dean Brennan
“They are used to success because they got promoted last year and they are doing very well this season.
“They are a good football club, Truro, and they are lovely people down there who always give us a warm welcome so we are looking forward to it and hopefully we can come back with the three points.”
Hemel boast a good record at Truro, despite having to contend with a 500+ mile round trip to Cornwall for the fixture.
“We’ve won the last two times we’ve been down there, in the FA Cup last year and in the league before that, but the journey can affect you in different ways,” said Brennan.
“We’re going down there on Saturday morning which isn’t ideal, but with the lads having their jobs we wouldn’t be getting there until 11 or 12 o’clock if we went on Friday.
“We will see how we start the game and see how it takes us. We are trying to be as professional as possible.
“All I can say to the players is to go out there and work your socks off for yourselves, your family and for each other and then it’s down to them to do what they are good at.”
Jack Smith is back available for selection following a minor muscle injury, while Ed Oshodi’s red card against Concord Rangers has been rescinded so he is also set to return to the side.
Zak Jules is away on international duty with the Scotland U19s and Michael Richens is suspended having returned to the club from a short loan spell.
Ed Asafu-Adjaye trained this week following his lengthy knee injury and Brennan hopes to have him back available soon.
One player not in contention is striker John Frendo, whose fledgling career at the club already looks to be in question following a loan spell at Hitchin Town.
Brennan said: “We have had a seven-day bid come in for him so he is contemplating what he’s going to do. Any time anyone comes in for any of our players we always tell them.
“He’s spoken to that club but I don’t know what his thoughts are or where he stands on that at the moment because I haven’t seen him for a couple of weeks.
“It’s his career and he has got to make that choice as to what he wants do do.”