20th Aug, 2019

Dodd anticipates stern Romulus test in season opener

Ben Tyler 31st Jul, 2019

MANAGER Russell Dodd admits that he is chomping at the bit for the season to get underway, ahead of Saturday’s Midlands Football League Premier Division opener against Romulus (3pm).

Highgate lost out 4-2 in their final friendly of pre-season to Chelmsley Town on Saturday, but have had a generally positive pre-season campaign, after winning five and losing two of their warm-up fixtures.

Dodd has ruled Gate’s pre-season as a success, but has warned his players to be at their best on Saturday.

“I have been pleased with the attitude of the players during what has been a tough pre-season programme,” he said.

“Myself and Scott Rickards have had the opportunity to run the rule over the majority of the squad, and, despite one or two carrying knocks, have already begun to form in our minds what we consider to be a strong initial squad.

“Romulus, under a new manager themselves and with a new look team, will provide a stern test, and I know we will need to perform to our full potential if we are to get anything out of the game.”

Highgate’s scheduled trip to Nottinghamshire on Tuesday for the league game against Selston is now set to be played at The Coppice, meaning Dodd’s troops begin their season with three consecutive home league fixtures.

Dodd provided good news during an injury update, and said that James Wilcock is just a week or two away from full recovery, but is set to be without centre back Richard Bryan for the majority of the season.

An update is still to be issued on Liam Holt, who has been missing since an injury in the first game of pre-season at Knowle.

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