Hards wants to rein in Christmas celebrations

Winchester City boss Neil Hards will warn his squad not to go “completely mad” over the Christmas week after working endlessly to improve his team’s fitness in the last two months.

City travel to Lym-inton Town tom-orrow (3pm) in Syden-hams Premier Division aiming for a sixth straight league win.

During that time they have conceded just one goal and scored 22.

That run of games has lifted City to the summit of the Wessex and Hards, left, doesn’t want any of that hard work to be wasted.

Hards’ side are inactive on Boxing Day but then face two games in 72 hours against strugglers Bournemouth and Romsey Town on Saturday, December 28, and Monday, December 30, respectively.

“I will say to them over the coming days ‘enjoy yourselves, but don’t go too mad’.

“They’re sensible enough, but I will tell them not to go too mad.

“The squad are 50-60 per cent fitter than they were when we took over and that can’t be ruined in the space of a week.

“I suspect each player can understand not to go mad over dinner.”

Winchester have their fair-share of absentees ahead of the Lymington clash with Liam Green (thigh) out for another week to ten days and Dan Thompson (ankle) also injured.

In addition, Callum Cassom is away and Ross Bottomley is serving the first match of a three game ban for being sent off on his debut recently.

Hards insists there is a perfect opportunity for his reserves to get some playing time, with Ryan Holloway, John Borg and Ben Stanbrook all lined-up for a recall to the first-team.

“We will use the squad as best as possible with the injuries we’ve got; it’s an opportunity to get some of those lads in and prove their abilities, which is great,” Hards said.

“It’s a squad game after all, so we’re going to use that squad and those lads can prove their worth.

“The way everyone is playing at the moment, they all want to play.

“They’re eager to give every game a go.

“The way they’re playing, there’s no surprise they want to play the games.”


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