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Avro next test as Castle look to extend unbeaten run


As the snow fell at Roe Lane last night, the gaffer Neil Baker and his management team of Dean Gillick and Paul Wright started to put the team through its paces, as we look to extend our three-match unbeaten run.

That won’t be easy. Avro have surprised more than a few people this term with the season they’ve had so far and will be looking to complete a league double over us having come away from Buckmaster Avenue with all three points and a 1-0 win in November.

But just as we’ll be preparing ourselves for another tough away game, our hosts will not be taking the challenge of facing our confident side lightly either when we rock up in Oldham. Avro are in the midst of a bit of a wobble form wise having not won in their last five – admittedly four of those were draws – so our intention will be to keep both team’s runs going.

The postponement of our game at City of Liverpool on Tuesday may well have been to our advantage. Jack van der Laan picked up a knock last Saturday and would almost certainly have missed out Tuesday anyway, however the extra few days give him a chance of making the match day squad.

Recent signing Jack Sherratt would also have been a doubt,but the extra rest time may mean he is also able to take his place in the starting line-up.

Speaking at training on Thursday, Neil was quick to praise the progress the team has already made this year. “I was really impressed with how we played against one of the best sides in the league last weekend when we beat Runcorn. The commitment of the team has been outstanding from day one and as we train more, those improvements will keep coming. There’s still a long way for this team to go but the early signs are very promising.”

We’re still closer to the relegation places than we are to the play-offs, so this is certainly no time to become complacent but as the temperatures have plummeted, the team has certainly not done the same.

Come on Castle!


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