Barking boss Gardner wants to break FA Trophy duck by cashing in against Chipstead
PUBLISHED: 17:00 06 October 2017
Barking boss Justin Gardner wants to break his FA Trophy duck against Chipstead this weekend.
The Blues travel to face the Bostik South outfit in the preliminary round and will be hoping to progress into the next round at High Road on Saturday (3pm kick-off).
“I’m excited about it because I have never won a game in the Trophy as a manager,” said Gardner.
“When I was at Aveley they hadn’t won a Trophy match in like 30 to 40 games and I ended up continuing that. I’m hoping I can change that here.”
The manager is expecting a tough test against a 15th-placed outfit that have got their own league season off to a mixed start.
Barking could bag themselves £3,000 in prize money if they win the draw and Gardner admits how important that could be.
He added: “Chipstead are a decent team and have some strong players.”
“Same as the FA Cup it’s important to get as much money into the club as possible to improve it.
“It can be used to improve the club’s facilities, help me get a player in or just simply keep the squad we currently have.”
Gardner says his side – held to a 1-1 draw at Soham Town Rangers on Saturday – need to remain realistic about expectations, though, and just take it game by game.
“I don’t think we’re going to win it, but I want us to go as far as possible,” he said. “I will go there trying to win, as I hate losing and never ever go to lose a game.”
The Blues boss could make a few changes to the line-up after his side conceded a late penalty at the weekend.
“The players will dictate that,” Gardner said.
“I will obviously have to shake it up as we didn’t win on Saturday and in the attacking areas I have some real thinking to do.
“I have got good strikers, but maybe I have to rotate them as none of them have really grabbed the shirt and made it their own.”
Gardner is backing his strikers to find their form and cause teams real trouble in the coming weeks.
“It’s only a matter of time before we start putting the ball in the back of the net,” he said.
“Someone is going to be on the wrong end of a thumping soon as we’re playing good football, we’re just not scoring enough or finishing games off.”