Staines trip for Stringer’s men

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jonny herdBlues will look to heap the misery on Staines Town when we travel to Wheatsheaf Park for a Vanarama Conference South fixture on Saturday.

The Middlesex side are six points adrift of safety at the bottom of the table with three wins and 12 losses from 15 games.

Things had looked good for Marcus Gayle’s side at the start of the season with wins against Whyteleafe and a Boreham Wood side who are now leading the table in their first three games, but since winning 3-1 at Chelmsford at the end of August they have lost nine straight games, conceding 23 goals in the process.

Gayle has attempted to strengthen his side this week with the addition of wide player Romone Rose from Droylesdon and striker Elliot Charles from Eastbourne Borough0

Ashley-Miller-272x220Both sides won at home when we met Staines last season with Nicky Symons seeing red in our 2-0  loss just under a year ago before an early Matt Johnson goal proved to be the winner in February’s meeting at the ProKit UK Stadium.

Johnny Herd’s battered face look to have recovered after Saturday’s draw with Eastbourne Borough but Blues will be without Ashley Miller (left) who suffered a dislocated shoulder when he was clattered in the box (though it obviously wasn’t a penalty). Miller is also expected to miss next Tuesday’s Herts Senior Cup tie at Stevenage, but assistant manager Steve Pitt is hopeful that rest and the exercises suggested by physio Colin Taylor will allow him to return for the FA Trophy tie against Chelmsford City on Saturday November 29.

On the plus side, skipper Anthony Church should return from injury having been an unused substitute against Eastbourne last week.

Author: Dave Ryan