NYEWOOD regulars have come to expect a few things in recent years.
Free-flowing football with an emphasis on attack – tick; a promotion push – tick; challenging for cup success – tick. And all with a small squad – double tick.
Well, this time round there is an anomaly in that run of things – and it is not a big cause for concern. For once, the management team of Jamie Howell and Darin Kilpatrick have a full squad which gives them plenty of options for the run-in ahead.
Going in to the match against Dulwich this weekend, the Rocks are set to be without Alex Parsons and Dan Beck. Gary Charman (bruised ribs) is also a doubt.
Normally that would have led to a shake-up and players being asked to play out of position. But, this year, Howell has plenty of options to chose from.
Those options were boosted on Monday night with the return of young Irish starlet Dylan Barnett on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion for the rest of the season.
Howell said: “We are delighted to have him back in with us. He was great for us at Hendon on Tuesday.
“It’s open ended at the present moment and we will see what happens with both Dylan and with Brighton. The more that he plays that’s better for him.”
One player unlikely to return is Elijah Adebayo, whose one month loan from Fulham ended after the Hendon match.
The young target man signed off in style, scoring a goal to take his tally for the Rocks to five goals in seven games.
Howell said this would likely result in a recall for Jimmy Wild up-front although he hinted he may be looking at other potential options.