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KIRKLEY FC: System switch worked

PUBLISHED: 12:14 19 March 2010 | UPDATED: 16:48 06 July 2010

ROYALS REVIEW



ON Saturday, we had a bit of illness and injuries in the squad.

We changed the system to accommodate this by switching to 3-5-2 and also to freshen things up a bit after the previous two defeats.

ROYALS REVIEW

ON Saturday, we had a bit of illness and injuries in the squad.

We changed the system to accommodate this by switching to 3-5-2 and also to freshen things up a bit after the previous two defeats. The changes worked OK and we got better as the game went on. We gave away two sloppy goals and scored two good ones as well to make it 2-2 at half time.

Ally McKenna then scored in the second half to make it 3-2 and we gradually got a lot better as the game went on. It took us a bit of time to settle down with Bodie Carter coming for his first start, while Liam Harvey-Cooper was moved behind the two strikers in a bit of an unfamiliar role for him, but they done well.

In midfield we had four 19-year-olds in there and it took a bit of getting used to the roles and organisation, but we got someone in front of the back three in the second half and it worked a lot better.

Dave Tarawalli came on for the last 25 minutes and done really well as he brought lots of energy to us, so all in all we were pleased to get back to winning ways.

Tomorrow we face Newmarket, having played them three times already this season, in the league, Vase and League Cup semi final. They are a big physical side, who are difficult to break down, well organised and very dogged as they don't give a lot away - so it will be a tough game against a hard-working side.

Scott Martin, Andy Key and Nathan Stone are all likely to come back into contention although Scott Manning has a slight knock, but he should be OK. We will have some tough decisions to make, and with the break in action in midweek this week it gave us a chance to take stock of where we are and prepare for the games ahead.

Games are coming thick and fast now and we'll need the big squad, as we have Histon Reserves away next Wednesday and two games over Easter.

We are sitting in fourth now and leaders CRC have taken one point out of a possible six, so with lots of games and football still to be played lots can still happen.

We'll be looking to consolidate this fourth place and push on as well as we concentrate on what we do by looking to keep picking up three points in the games we have to the end of the season.

If we are being honest, the cup final is our major chance of silverware this season and we now know that we'll play either Needham Market or Walsham le Willows in the final, as they have their semi final on Good Friday.

The Chris Henderson deal was also concluded this week, and Chris is now off to Bury. Both Jon and myself wish him every success and best wishes.

Stewart Larter was speaking to Mark Boggis

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