Tudors looking for quick recoveries as kick-off looms large

Oliver Hawkins in action for Hemel Town against Chesham United. Picture (c) Terry Rickeard
Oliver Hawkins in action for Hemel Town against Chesham United. Picture (c) Terry Rickeard
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Hemel Town boss Dean Brennan admits that a raft of injuries have hampered his side’s preparations for the big National League South kick-off against Dartford on Saturday.

The Tudors welcome the Kent side to Vauxhall Road for an eagerly-awaited first league fixture of the 2015/16 season, but Brennan’s side could be missing a number of key men.

The time you stand still in football is the time when you won’t have success – these are exciting times for the football club.

Hemel Hempstead Town FC manager Dean Brennan

Speaking after his side’s 2-0 victory over Hitchin in the Herts Charity Cup on Monday night, Brennan said: “Ideally we would have liked to have come here full-strength but we have just got so many injuries; I think we’ve got about seven or eight players out at the minute so we have just got to see how things are on Thursday morning when we train.

“I have not got a clue what the team is going to be on Saturday yet, we are still trying to recruit a couple more players who we need – that’s essential. Hopefully we can get that done by Saturday.

“Ed Asafu-Adjaye is going to be out for another six weeks – he had an injection in his knee and that has a six week recovery period before he can come back.

“John Frendo looks as if he is going to be another three or four weeks out because he has had a set-back in his recovery; James Potton has a calf injury so we will assess that on Thursday; Jamie Slabber has got a groin injury and we will see how that is; Jamie Butler’s got an injury as well.

“On top of that, Matty Spring’s not available this weekend due to family commitments.

“We’ve just got a lot of impact injuries, there’s no real muscle tears apart from Jamie Slabber. It’s very frustrating but there’s nothing really that we can do about it. You’ve got to adapt – it tests you as a management team and as a squad and we will see how we start. Its a good test for us all.”

Hemel will be looking to improve on a ninth-placed finish in the league last season, when they came tantalisingly close to securing a coveted play-off spot.

The game against Dartford is followed just two days later by a trip to Chelmsford City.

Brennan added: ““We will see how we start – it’s two big football teams who we are going to play against in quick succession so we are looking forward to it.

“We have set an in-house points total and then we will take it game by game. We can’t really look too far ahead, and we try and learn from the last game.

“The time you stand still in football is the time when you won’t have success – these are exciting times for the football club.”