Sleaford Town boss hoping to capitalise on upheaval at title-chasers Quorn
GLEN Maddison is hoping it will be third time lucky for his side when they meet high-flying Quorn on Saturday.
The Sleaford Town boss has seen his side suffer defeat at the hands of the Leicestershire outfit twice already this season, with a 1-0 loss in the UCL League Cup followed by a 5-2 League defeat at the Farley Way Stadium last December.
However, with a certain amount of upheaval taking place at Quorn recently, Maddison believes now could be a good time to play the title-chasers.
“I hope it can be third time lucky for us,” he said. “They recently lost their manager and I believe a few players have also left the club.
“But they are still a very good young side. They totally bullied us at their place and, on that day, I thought they were just about the best team we have played this season.”
Town have not played any meaningful football since January 12, when they lost 2-0 against Wellingborough Town.
Maddison has attempted to keep his side on their toes with training sessions this week on Monday and tonight (Wednesday).
“We have been able to train a little bit with the ball, but the two weeks off should mean they go into Saturday’s match fresh,” added Maddison.
“I gave them last weekend off, but they will be training twice this week ahead of the Quorn game.
“The loss of fixtures has helped in one way, to help us get a couple of players fit, but it hasn’t helped us get suspensions out of the way.
“Nick Bishop should have served his one-match ban two weeks ago, but we haven’t been able to play and he will have to sit it out on Saturday, which will be a big loss for us.”
The Sleaford boss is hoping for better news on the impending suspension of Chris Shippley.
The striker was given his marching orders during the 2-0 defeat against Wellingborough, initially for two yellow cards.
But Maddison believes he received just one booking during the game and is waiting for the result of an investigation into the matter.
“The Lincolnshire FA have looked into this for us,” he explained. “They have been very good really and I believe they have an assessor’s report from the match. A judgement is due to be made on Wednesday.
“If Chris is suspended then he will just have to sit it out, but we believe we have a strong case.”
Two new players could be at the club in time for this Saturday’s game.
Maddison has revealed he will be talking with the players this week and, if successful, both could be included in the squad against Quorn.
“They will either come or they won’t,” he said. “It’s not easy bringing players in when you can’t offer them any money, but we will have to see what happens.”