Mark my words
PUBLISHED: 11:09 20 April 2006 | UPDATED: 14:38 12 May 2010
MARK Saggers is confident going into Saturday s key Spartan South Midlands League game against Harefield United. The Crows still need three points to be certain of avoiding relegation after they slipped to a 2-1 defeat against fellow strugglers Ruislip Ma
MARK Saggers is confident going into Saturday's key Spartan South Midlands League game against Harefield United.
The Crows still need three points to be certain of avoiding relegation after they slipped to a 2-1 defeat against fellow strugglers Ruislip Manor last Saturday.
"I'm not that worried," said Saggers. "None of the teams at the bottom seem to be able to put a run together. We all seem to either win or lose at the same time."
Saggers' team had the chance to guarantee another season of Premier Division football with a win against Ruislip, and he admitted he was disappointed with the loss, especially after a fighting performance in the previous Tuesday's defeat against FA Vase finalists Hillingdon Borough.
"It was a typical game between teams at the bottom," he said. "They weren't that good but they had a couple of players who could put in good deliveries from dead-ball situations. Both of the goals came from needless free-kicks, which was disappointing."
The Crows will be able to welcome back three experienced players to their squad for the visit of a Hanwell side who have already hammered the Crows 6-0 this season.
Carlo Silenti returns after suspension, while Joff Dobson is expected to be back in the line-up after missing Saturday's game against Ruislip because of a family illness.
Goalkeeper Barry White will also return after being forced to sit out the Ruislip game because of family commitments.
Meanwhile, Saggers praised veteran Simon Dobson who again answered the call to play for the Crows.
He said: "Simon played really well and brought off a great penalty save.
"We can always rely on Simon when we need him - he's the kind of person we need around when we have problems."
Saggers is quietly confident Royston can spring a surprise and gain the win they need.
"We seem to play better against the good sides," he said.
"Of the top teams, we've only really struggled at Harefield and Aylesbury.