THE Seagulls will include three reserve team players as they take a battered and bruised squad to seventh-placed Barwell on Saturday.
After playing five games in 11 days they have several players carrying knocks and will need late fitness checks on skipper and joint caretaker boss Carl Rodgers (calf), defender Jordan Fagbola (hamstring) and midfielders Josh Sumner (ankle) and Bradley Bauress (toe), along with Shaun Dowling who missed Tuesday’s defeat at Sutton Coldfield with a stomach bug.
Long term injury victims Liam Gibson (ankle ligaments), Cory Williams (torn hamstring) and Sean Pearson (knee surgery) are definitely out and Adam Morgan is unlikely to be involved.
As a result reserve team payers Sean Sheridan, Liam Jones and Adam Carpenter will travel along with reserve team boss Chris Thompson, who will assist in the dug out, as their re-arranged game at Porthmadog has been postponed again.
Rodgers reported: “Jordan (Fagbola) was brought off on Tuesday more as a precaution than anything when he felt his hamstring tighten and the physio thinks he may be okay, while I am hopeful I will be able to play some part although I will leave a decision on that as late as possible.
“We’ve got a few lads carrying knocks after all the games we’ve played recently. Brad (Bauress) thinks he has a broken toe but he played through the pain barrier for us on Tuesday and is willing to do so again if necessary, while Josh Sumner put in a big shift with strapping around a swollen ankle.”
That is just the sort of character and commitment the club is looking for at the moment.
The Seagulls go into the Barwell game still seven points adrift of safety with just five games left to play, but Rodgers added: “While there is still a chance we have to keep fighting. Hyde are in free fall and Stamford have some very tough games to play.
“Barwell is probably the toughest game we have left and if we can get a result there it will give us a lot of confidence because we are certainly capable of winning the other games providing we cut out silly mistakes that have punished us.”
Barwell’s 4-0 win at Colwyn Bay in February came during an astonishing run of 12 successive victories, but since the bubble was burst by a 2-0 defeat at Ashton United, they have failed to win any of their last six games (five defeats and a draw) and only a 90th minute equaliser from Ryan Boothe rescued them from a sixth successive defeat at Skelmersdale last weekend.
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