Manager’s programme notes

We look forward to returning to league action against Wrexham today following a second enforced lay-off. I would like to welcome manager Dean Keates, together with his backroom staff, players and club officials to the Technique Stadium.

We showed great character to come from behind and win at Boston in midweek. In general, I thought we controlled most of the play.

I was delighted for young Dylan Wharton who made a save in the penalty shoot-out on his debut. He has worked really hard since I came in and he deserved that moment, which can only stand him in good stead for his development.

We have brought in a number of players since our last league game and I would like to welcome them all to the club. 

Although short-term results were a priority, we also have to ensure we are building for the short and long term in order to ensure we can have achievable objectives. The transformational leadership that is taking place at the club now is bringing a great deal of excitement and anticipation, which is pleasing to hear and see. 

However, the pitfall of this is that there are always casualties along the way as everyone cannot continue on the journey. I would like to reassure all of you that I am working closely with the board to maintain our integrity, professionalism and financial stability throughout this process. 

The positive results over the past weeks have put us into a position where we have much to look forward to. Above all, we are starting to see a DNA in our performances which I hope to continue to develop in the coming weeks. 

Today’s game will present us with another tough test, but we are ready for the challenge.