Taylor Moved On As Smith Takes Decisive Action Ahead of Boston Trip …
Hednesford Town boss Rob Smith has discussed the reasons for letting fans’ favourite Kris Taylor move on from the football club ahead of tomorrow’s away trip to sixth placed Boston United, as he looks for his Pitmen squad to stand up and be counted after their shock defeat in the FA Cup last weekend.
The Pitmen fell to a hugely disappointing defeat against Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division outfit King’s Lynn Town in the second qualifying round and Smith has moved swiftly to change the look of his midfield, meaning Taylor has left the club and Barrow loanee Jamie Crowther has come in.
‘Unfortunately our recent results have meant that I have had to act. I feel midfield is an area where I desperately need to strengthen but obviously we cannot just add to the squad, so if I bring someone in, someone has to go the other way.
‘Kris leaving the club is a pity. He was a key player on the pitch but, like many others, he has struggled with form and fitness. However he goes with my heartfelt appreciation for what he has done for us.
‘I like him a lot and admire him as a player but we have to change things round to improve. The players know that if things do not improve I will make whatever changes are necessary to get the team performing again.’
Discussing the qualities of new signing Crowther, Smith has pinpointed the player’s combative midfield attributes as an important area in which he feels his current squad require some strengthening as they look to arrest an inconsistent start to the season.
‘Jamie is a ball winning midfielder which I have been on the lookout for since Dave Macpherson left. I’m sure he will massively help in an area where I do not believe we do enough to win the ball back.’
Smith admitted his team are going through a struggling time in terms of form, performances and results, but believes that the visit to Lincolnshire to face a Boston side on the edge of the play-off positions is an ideal opportunity to show their collective character.
‘We are going through a tough period which all teams do from time to time and going to Boston I will need the players to show me how much character they have. The squad have to stand up and be counted.
‘I feel massively disappointed after last week. It was, in my opinion, a disgraceful performance from the players, they know that, and they know it will not be accepted. They have a chance to redeem themselves at a very difficult place for anyone to get a result this weekend.’
The Pitmen had a chastening experience at the Jakemans Stadium last season, finding themselves two goals down within the opening 15 minutes, eventually being well beaten 4-0, so Smith is under no illusions as to the gravity of the task in hand tomorrow.
‘I rate Boston very highly. They are a bright, energetic and young team with goals throughout the side. We got a real hammering there last season and have to be on our “A” game from the first minute as they will punish any mistake we make.’
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Previous Result – King’s Lynn Town 1 Hednesford Town 0 – FA Cup Second Qualifying Round – Saturday 27th September 2014
Next Fixture – Colwyn Bay (H) – Vanarama Conference North – Tuesday 7th October 2014
Current League Position – 15th
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Previous Result – Worcester City 1 Boston United 1 – Vanarama Conference North – Tuesday 30th September 2014
Next Fixture – Leek Town (A) – FA Cup Third Qualifying Round – Saturday 11th October 2014
Current League Position – 6th
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