Jones keen to re-focus following 'mass brawl'
KRIS Jones says his 'expert' coaching staff will re-focus the players' thoughts onto football matters and away from the 'mass brawl' which rocked the club last weekend.
The Sleaford Town boss says he will wait until after the referee's report is made public before making any comment on the incident, which happened three minutes from full time as Sleaford led Huntingdon 2-1 in their FA Cup first qualifying round on Saturday, writes Dave Marshall.
Jones (pictured) did admit to the incident being tough to deal with at this fledgling stage of his managerial career. If the FA inquiry find that the result should stand, the club will have gone further in the competition than ever before in their history.
"We have a club statement released on our website and I will be referring everyone to that," said Jones.
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"I am just praying that the referee's account is factual and accurate.
"The important thing for us now is that the players are fully focused on the next game, which is Thetford on Saturday.
"It's true that our priorities are in the league, but we have done well in cup games and anything that comes from them financially is a bonus."
Sleaford were due to play Peterborough Northen Star last night (Tuesday) in the United Counties League Premier Division.
But Saturday sees them in FA Vase action against Eastern Counties League side Thetford.
"Thetford will be a good test. They play some good football," said Jones.
"But recently we have had a few more players become available to us after injury.
"One of the best things about this season is the competitive nature of the squad.
"When lads have come in they have done well. The influence of Terry Fleming and Gavin Gordon has been fantastic, I think we are playing the best football we have ever played.
"We will certainly have some selection headaches. No-one is guaranteed a place in the starting line-up."