Poulson backs FC Stratford squad to cope with backlog

Dean Poulson has returned to FC Stratford. Photo: Mark Williamson (F6/2/18/0965)


DAVE Poulson is confident FC Stratford will have the depth in their squad to cope with the increasing demands of a fixture backlog.
Stratford still have to play two-thirds of their Total Motion Midland League Division Three and the freezing weather has left huge doubts over tomorrow’s fixture at Coventrians.
Stratford will face playing every midweek and every Saturday to cram in their scheduled games in the next nine weeks before the season ends in May.
Promotion is very much the focus, and though FC Stratford lie in ninth place they have nine games in hand on second-placed Bartestree, who have a 12-points advantage.
Manager Poulson believes they have enough numbers to cope, but they will have their fingers crossed they escape any injury worries.
“We got a good enough number of players to deal with the fixture backlog,” said Poulson. “We’ve got 25 players who are good enough. I won’t be making excuses.
“We will no doubt have to make changes from game to game but I know the players are good enough to come in and do a job.”
Suspensions, however, will rule out Dean Poulson and James Gifford after both face bans following their red cards against GNP Sports.
Midfielder Poulson must serve a three-game ban and striker Gifford misses one match. Both bans start against Coventrians, with Poulson’s suspension meaning he also sit outs next Tuesday’s home derby with Shipston Excelsior and the visit by Enville Athletic a week on Saturday.
But Stratford will have Tom Parnaby and Ash Wilkes back in contention.