Grimsby Borough bosses call for a fast start against resurgent Teversal outfit
BOROUGH joint boss Nigel Fanthorpe has urged his side to 'start as they mean to go on' at Teversal tomorrow (3pm).
The Wilderness Boys are set to travel to Nottinghamshire to take on Jamie Hudson's in-form 'Tevie' outfit – provided the clash survives the wintry weather.
If it does go ahead, Fanthorpe, along with fellow boss Steve Newby, wants his side to start the game in a similar vein to how they finished last Saturday's 1-1 draw with Clipstone Welfare.
Speaking to the Telegraph, he said: "This season, when we've got the early goal, generally, we've been okay, but if we've gone behind early in games, that's when we've had the problems.
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"Tomorrow, we're looking for a brighter start so we're on the front foot from the off and not chasing the game.
"I want us to start the game like we ended last Saturday's – that's the main message to the players from myself and Steve. Last week, we finished very, very strongly and it's about starting games in the same manner.
"If we do that, then we shouldn't have a problem."
Teversal were one of his Fanthorpe's tips for promotion this season.
But player departures, coupled with an indifferent run of results meant that 'Tevie' slipped down the league before recapturing their good form of late.
And Fanthorpe knows what to expect from their resurgent opponents tomorrow afternoon.
He said: "They came to our place earlier in the season and gave us a really tough match which we managed to win 1-0.
"They were a really good side but then they lost a couple of players and went on a bit of a slide.
"I was tipping them for promotion at the start of the season because they had some quality players, but some of those left and they lost a bit of momentum.
"Since then though they've got a couple more in and have got back on a run of late."
He added: "It's going to be a tough match regardless. They're a big side who are always 'up-and-at-you', so we know what to expect.
"But it's up to us really, we've got to be up for it.
"We need more possession of the ball in the final third. We've got to have more passes and combination play to cause teams problems.
"We're looking okay – we've not got any fresh injuries and we're going to be able to welcome back one or two who were away last weekend.
"We should have a full squad to pick from which is a big boost for us."