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Don’t judge me yet

by: theterras

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GARRY Hill is appealing to Terras fans not to judge him or his team until next season.

“We have had two wins and a defeat in the league so far and I have been pleased with the effort and workrate the players have put in,” said Hill.

“But since we took over our main job has been to sort out the players who are at the club and we will carry on doing that over our remaining games.

You learn a little bit more every game and that will continue tomorrow against Bognor.

We have some difficult decisions to make over who stays and who goes – but that is no problem to me because it is all part and parcel of being a football manager.

“But our real work starts in the summer and the fans can judge us next season when it is our team.”

A win against the Sussex side tomorrow, would lift the Terras above them into ninth place in the table, though Hill accepts that his side’s play-off chances are over.

“To be honest I don’t think there was any chance at all when we came here,” he added.

“I think all we can do now is look to win as many of our last five games as we can.”

One man keen to make sure tomorrow’s clash of the seaside towns is not one of them will be exWeymouth front man Luke Nightingale.

The former Portsmouth and Southend striker was axed by Steve Claridge last season and moved along the South Coast to link up with the long serving Rocks boss Jack Pearce who has steered Bognor through more than 1,350 games in his 33 years at the club.

So far this season he has scored 21 Nationwide Conference South goals, six of them from the penalty spot – a record bettered only by Dorchester’s Matt Groves who has 23, all from open play.

“I am aware of the lad’s scoring record and you know that footballers like to come back and put one over on their old club,” said Hill.

“But it’s something that doesn’t concern me because I will be concentrating on what my players do.

“What I do know though is that Jack Pearce’s sides always try to play good football, so it should be an interesting game tomorrow.”

Hill said the Terras starting line-up tomorrow is unlikely to bear much resemblance to the one which finished last Saturday’s 4-1 defeat at Cambridge City.

“We had to do something to try and get back into the game after they scored and it’s an entirely different proposition tomorrow,” said Hill who has no injury worries to contend with.

He said it was particularly pleasing to have Adam Wilde available after an injury-plagued season.

“He had 30 minutes at Cambridge and a good 70 minutes at Dorchester on Tuesday,” he added.

“But he is lacking games at the moment and 1 don’t want to rush him back too soon.”

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