After Saturday’s FA Trophy drama it is back to National League North action with the visit of AFC Telford United and crucial league points at stake.
The performance and win at Chesterfield were impressive and set up a home quarter-final tie against Leyton Orient on Saturday 23 February. This means that the scheduled league fixture at Hereford will be re-arranged. The win at the Proact Stadium extends the side’s unbeaten run to eight games and was a third successive clean-sheet.
Two home games and a re-arranged midweek trip to Chorley lie ahead before the FA Trophy game and Kevin Wilkin made clear his team’s priority immediately after the win at Chesterfield: “We had some big players missing today so it is especially pleasing to see that togetherness and desire to win. It’s good to get through but the league is the most important thing. This is a nice distraction but we need to stamp ourselves on those play-off places if we can. To come to a fantastic stadium like this and a big club like Chesterfield and to play in the manner we have today speaks volumes for the players and the attitude they show week in week out and will need to do if we are to be successful in the league. The clean sheets are particularly pleasing and we know that this is the level we need to be working at. Hopefully we can build on this and take the confidence it gives you into the coming games.”
With the injured players unlikely to make an early return Wilkin’s new signings have made an impact already, Omari Sterling-James starting both games since joining, Oran Jackson starting all three games since moving on loan from MK Dons and Carl Baker on the score-sheet and impressive against Bradford (PA) but ineligible against Chesterfield. “The players coming off the bench have done well and you can only play three substitutes so, although the squad is small, I won’t bring in players just to make the numbers up,” Wilkin added. “New additions need to add quality and we will continue to work hard to find those players to keep moving us forward.”
Telford have lost just once in their last six games and have won both of their last two away fixtures. Saints are in 6th place, AFC Telford in 5th, separated by just four points. The game promises to be tight and the points at stake will be important to both sides.
If you cannot get to the game you can follow the action via twitter on the club website and through regular updates on BBC Radio Oxford.