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Preview: Baker provides update ahead of Hemel Hempstead game

Neil Baker provides an update ahead of a home game against Hemel Hempstead Town tomorrow (Saturday).

01/03/19


Tomorrow we welcome Hemel Hempstead to Arbour Park hoping to build on our last home performance, where we took an excellent point against Dartford - who subsequently went and completed the double against Woking with a 2-0 win the following week.

Like Hemel, we will be trying to arrest a run of games without a win, and both sides will look at tomorrow as an opportunity to do this.

One thing we have learned this season is there are no easy games in this league, however our want to stay competitive throughout has remained, and we will endeavour to do this until the end of the season.

In terms of squad news, Ben Harris will be out for up to 8 weeks - which pretty much finishes his season - after an MRI scan picked up some PCL knee ligament damage and a slight fracture. This is obviously a blow as he had been in good form, and had been starting to score more regularly.

Chris Flood trained on Thursday night, however with his injury being a thigh strain, and having broken down last week, we will assess him tomorrow and make a final decision.

20-year-old Dan Roberts will be in the squad for us tomorrow from Windsor, having scored 6 goals in his last 4 games since he sat on the bench for us at Hampton (taking his tally to over 30 goals for the season). We feel now is a good time to involve him and see if he can make the step up.

We have also signed on National League forms 19-year-old striker Francis Amartey, who has recently been released from Birmingham City U23s. He is a player that has worked with Lee Togwell closely at the FAB Academy prior to singing a pro contract. He has trained twice this week, and we will take a look at him over the next few weeks.

Guy Hollis is now fit after his knee injury, however this weekend he will be getting 90 minutes under his belt elsewhere, so that we can involve him away at Concord next week.

With the young forward options coming in, and with this being the last possible game for Tommy Wood before his loan finishes tomorrow, we have taken the decision to not include him in the squad tomorrow, so would like to thank him for his contribution to the club and wish him the best of luck back at AFC Wimbledon.

Squad from: Jack Turner, Sean Fraser, Josh Jackman, George Wells, Mark Nisbet, Sam Togwell, Warren Harris, Matthew Lench, Simon Dunn, Billy Clifford, Lee Togwell, Louie Soares, Chris Flood, Manny Williams, Dan Roberts and Francis Amartey

We feel now is a good time to involve him (Dan Roberts) and see if he can make the step up


Neil Baker

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