By Chris Gibbs
The multiple postponements of fixtures in December coupled with the January home game with Macclesfield also being lost to the weather, means that we now find ourselves in the middle of a flurry of fixtures in February.
Saturday’s 3-2 win over Prescot Cables started the ball rolling for the month and there will be plenty of momentum and positive energy from that performance that we will be riding on tomorrow when we travel to Northwich.
At the start of last week, we were down to our bare bones with injuries and suspensions giving Robin plenty of headaches.
But it’s amazing what a win can do to lift spirits. Although we blew a 2-0 lead to get pegged back to 2-2 – before Jack van der Laan’s late penalty won us the game – we always had good control of the match and aside from their two goals, Prescot didn’t threaten us often.
With the games coming thick and fast, a decent run of form could easily see us starting to look up the table rather than over our shoulders at how the relegation threatened sides below us are doing.
Our next opponents, 1874 Northwich, are one of those sides sitting just above us but that would change if we came away from Townfield Lane with three points tomorrow evening.
The threat from our Cheshire opponents is obvious. Joe Woolley and Mackenzie O’Neill are the only two players to score for them since a 2-0 win over Widnes in mid-November. Cut off the supply to them and we could be in business.
But rather than focus purely on our opponents we can be confident that we’re in a great position to make the most of the chance that this run of games provides.
Callum Lovatt serves the last game of a three-match suspension after his sending off at Widnes, while Luke Dennis and Connor Russo are back in the squad for tomorrow.
With a trip to faltering Runcorn to come on Saturday, it’s very much a case of being well positioned to seize the day.
Come on ‘Castle!