Stimson desperate for a win ahead of Christmas period
PUBLISHED: 14:00 14 December 2018
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AFC Hornchurch manager Mark Stimson is desperate to get a win under his belt before the Christmas break to get him in the festive cheer.
The Urchins will travel to Margate on Tuesday evening as Stimson searches for his first victory in the Bostik Premier Division since taking the reigns.
“We will try move things around, but it’s a time now where we just want to get a win, the club has had so many draws this year that a win would be nice for everybody.” the 50-year-old said.
“Especially before Christmas and we have two opportunities to do that, Margate and Brightlingsea Regent.
“It will be nice to be eating Christmas Day with four points out of those six – six I think I will be doing cartwheels.
“One game at a time though, but it will be nice to get a couple training sessions in this week as I’ve only had one so far since I’ve been here.”
The former Tottenham Hotspurs player did praise Steven Watt’s side but revealed he is not a fan of playing on astro-turf pitches including Hartsdown Park.
“They’re a good side, astro-turf pitch though, and I’m not a lover of astro-turf I think it’s a totally different game.
“What you need on astro-turf is mobility; you need to be able to get around the pitch, so it might be on the night the fittest and most mobile have to play.
“Margate hasn’t hit the heights of last season yet, but at home they’re still a force, so we have to be on our game.”
Striker Sean Mark has not featured in the Urchins last three fixtures and boss Stimson says he has been a real loss to his side.
“The boy Marks has been a big miss as he’s a focal point of our team, he’s got great hold-up play, and he’s a real presence.
“That’s something we probably haven’t had in the last two games.”
But the former Thurrock manager is now hoping he can be fit for their trip to Kent on Tuesday.
“If he’s fit he’ll be involved, but it’s one of those where he is not far away, but you can’t risk it as if something re-occurs it could be a longer time out for him.
“It’s a catch 22, it’s a frustrating one for him and us obviously as he is vocal to where we want to be, getting balls in and playing off him.
“Everything crossed that he’ll be fit.”