Grimsby Borough boss calling for fast start in App-Frod face-off
WILDERNESS boys joint manager Nigel Fanthorpe is urging his players to make a fast start tomorrow – if their match against Appleby Frodingham beats the weather.
Borough take on the Northern Counties East League Division One strugglers at the Bradley Community Stadium (3pm).
Starting the match in the right way will be key to the outcome, according to the Borough boss.
"If you start sluggishly and sloppily you will go on to struggle," he said.
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"A player's first touch is so important. I will be telling them that their first pass or tackle is key – if it is a good first contribution, they will invariably go on to have a good game.
"They need to make their first touches the benchmark for the rest of the game.
If you start badly, it can be a struggle to redeem yourself as the game goes on.
"We need to be at them from the first whistle, play quick football and get the ball up to our strikers early."
With snow and sub-zero temperatures forecast, all sporting fixtures on the east coast this weekend are in some doubt.
But Fanthorpe and fellow co-manager Steve Newby are hoping it will take place – so they have an opportunity to get back on track after last week's 5-1 defeat at Worsbrough Bridge Athletic.
He said: "We are all hoping the game will be on. Snow and frost is forecast – so it is a case of keeping our fingers crossed.
"We need it to be on – we want to bounce back from last week's defeat. We weren't outplayed or over-run against Worsbrough, it was down to basic mistakes at the back.
"We need to be more resilient. But it's no good just talking about it, we need to start doing it on the pitch."
Borough have a big squad to choose from tomorrow, with Rick Forrest and former Grimsby Town player Jammal Shahin, left, both back in contention.
Luke Fanthorpe may also be back, after a troublesome knee problem.
If the game gets the green light, Fanthorpe is convinced his men can take the three points.
"We need to be fast, energetic and force them into making mistakes," he added.