Unchanged team but mixed results

Town boss Glen Maddison has sent out the same side for three games in succession, which is something of a luxury for any manager.

However, this is good when the side is winning games but from the last three outings there has been one win, one draw and one defeat. So whether or not the manager will stick to this principle or consider making changes, remains to be seen.

Shaun Popple sitting on the bench is not something I applaud but we all have our own ideas.

Maddison was bitterly disappointed with the FA Vase defeat at Sutton Town on Saturday, saying: “It was particularly poor in the first half when we actually lost the game. We just did not turn up and once you go two goals down it is a big task against any side to pull things around.

“Actually, I did not think that Sutton were much different to Blaby or Harrowby and yet we beat both those clubs in cup ties. Sutton were not a bad side but they scored their two first half goals from just two real chances, one given away and the other coming right out of the blue.

”We gave away the third goal by losing possession in midfield. That just about settled the issue and yet we still had chances to score in the second half.”

As for the Blackstones draw in midweek, Maddison said: “They were a decent side and I do not believe they will be near the bottom of the table for very long. Like us, they have played a lot of the top sides, so their position is a little misleading. However, perhaps I was expecting a little more from the game, even though a point away from home is not too bad.”

n This evening (Wednesday) Town go to high-flying Holbeach and on Saturday travel to struggling Harborough Town.

Blackstones (Stamford) 0 Sleaford Town 0

Last Wednesday evening, prior to the FA Vase trip to Sutton Town, Glen Maddison’s side made the short trip to Stamford for a game against struggling Blackstones.

There was a genuine possibility of three more points but, in the end, Town had to settle for a draw against a home outfit that looked better than their current league placing might suggest.

Nonetheless, Town will have been disappointed with this result against a Blackstones side who are one of just a handful of teams below the Sleaford club in the table.

It was a game of very few chances as the scoreline suggests. Luke Hollingworth gave Town the lead with his third goal of the season in a first half when the side played quite well.

The problem seems to be in putting two good halves together in the same match and Blackstones were allowed back into the game in the second half, piling on the pressure as time ticked away. They were rewarded seven minutes from time with a deserved equaliser.

Town (4-4-2): A Hewitt; N Rawdon, A Fenton, J Braithwaite, L Llewellyn; A Murrell, R Jackson, N Bishop, L Hollingworth; R Oliver, J Shaw. Subs: T Edwards (Shaw), L Tunstall (Oliver), P Sutton (Rawdon), S Lovett, S Popple.