‘Time to be brave’ - message to Sleaford Town players

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It’s time to get brave. That’s the message from Sleaford Town boss Glen Maddison, who has called on his players to show courage.

Town went down 5-2 away at high-flying Quorn on Saturday but Maddison said he saw plenty of reason for optimism.

And with five home games on the bounce, he says now is the time to start picking up points.

“We have got to make Sleaford into a fortress,” he told The Standard.

“We have been too nice. We have got to be a bit more courageous and brave at 

“It’s important to get a couple of wins and get these back-to-back.”

Town face AFC Kempston Rovers on Saturday, who sit near them in the United Counties Premier Division.

“We need to pick up points from those teams around us,” said Maddison.

“We’ve now played 12 of the top 14 teams and now’s the time to knuckle down and not be afraid to have a go.”

Maddison is also expecting to have a full strength squad to pick from in the coming weeks, with Harry Millard entering the action as a substitute at the weekend as he continues his return from an ankle injury.

That was just one of a number of positives the Town boss was able to take from Saturday’s game, despite the scoreline.

“We got stuck in and rallied round in the last 25 minutes and had a bit of a go, getting the two goals,” said Maddison.

Liam Tunstall was on target from the penalty spot for the first, after Tony Edwards was brought down. The latter than added Town’s second of the game.

“Quorn are a very good side – they will be up there at the end of the season,” continued Maddison. “They were very clinical on Saturday and scored five out of possibly seven chances they had.”

Maddison also pointed to the opponent’s far greater budget.

“There’s no budget constraints on me – because there is no budget,” he said.

“But I knew that when I came here and I live with that.”

Despite the financial constraints at Town, Maddison is confident his team can still compete where it counts – on the pitch.

“We must start to pick up points and I am confident we will be able to do that,” he said.