Manager calls for more consistency

Tim ChannonFirst Team


THE Seagulls are hit by injuries and suspension for Saturday’s home game against a Goole side that gained  their first win of the season on Tuesday night, but manager Phill Hadland is calling for his squad to rally and start showing some consistency.

The club are awaiting international clearance for new signing Lassana Nalatche Mendes, but are definitely without suspended Anthony Griffith following his two yellow cards at Clitheroe last weekend, and Louis Barnes is a non-starter due to a hamstring injury.

The manager reports that Sam Barnes may have a chance of returning, but Kyle Jacobs is injured, Dan Bartle is still not fit, and he is awaiting news on Jack Kelleher who got a knock in training on Thursday night.

Jack Kelleher will need a late check after getting a knock in training on Thursday.

“All in all the squad is being tested,” admits the manager, but he wants the players to rise to the challenge.

“We’ve been up and down in the last few weeks,” he says. “We’ve shown we can beat  the best team in the league (South Shields), but have let ourselves down with the last two midweek performances.

 “We now need to show some consistency in our performances otherwise new lads will be coming in and some of the current players will be shown the door.”
 Despite Goole’s dreadful start to the campaign, which saw eight straight league defeats and 26 goals conceded, they will be boosted by Tuesday’s 2-0 home win over Tadcaster Albion.
 Their manager Karl Rose has brought in several new players, including experienced defender Luke Foster (ex-Sheffield Wednesday, Preston North End and York City) and young midfielder Scott Smith on loan from Guiseley, and has been trying to bring in two more ahead of Saturday.
 Marcus Edwards scored both goals and was named Man of the Match on Tuesday, with Tadcaster’s management team admitting in interview afterwards that their side couldn’t handle the pace and energy of Goole’s front two.
 That is a warning for a Bay defence that has struggled in the second half of the last three games when six goals have been conceded and only some big saves by keeper Matt Cooper have prevented more.