HERE is Jez Hall’s perfect scenario for the Easter weekend...
“We beat Blackstones and Huntingdon beat Holbeach on Saturday, then we beat Huntingdon on Monday and Spalding and Holbeach draw.”
The St Ives joint manager added: “I’m not asking much, I am?”
In the race for promotion, St Ives could do with a little help from Huntingdon on Saturday, ahead of the big Hunts derby at Jubilee Park two days later. Holbeach are Huntingdon’s visitors at Jubilee Park and the form that Ricky Marhieneke’s side is in, a home win would not be a surprise. But with two games in three days, Marheineke told The Hunts Post he will have a few selection dilemmas over the weekend.
“St Ives is the bigger game for us and I have some players who aren’t entirely fit, if they can only play in one game, then’s it’s going to be against St Ives,” he said.
“And my captain, Ricky Dear, is on a stag do on Saturday – so he won’t be available to play against Holbeach.”
Whether that is a little bit of kidology or not, injured right back Ollie Medwynter was always going to miss both of these games through suspension, and there are doubts over the availability of Jack Warwick and Dave Townsend, while Victor Torres (ankle) is fifty-fifty, and Josh Crick (thigh) and goalkeeper Enol Ordonez (groin) are also lacking fitness. But with two wins over St Ives already this season – in the FA Cup and the Hunts Senior Cup – Marheineke is still pretty confident, especially as no-one has beaten his team in the league in 2013.
“I don’t see why we can’t win both of the games over the Easter weekend,” he said. “We’ve got nothing to lose; if we win then brilliant. The pressure is all on St Ives, not us.”
Hall, reflecting on those two defeats at Jubilee Park, said: “The lads let themselves down with the two performances against Huntingdon – but that’s really the only times they have let themselves down this season.
“But this time we are not playing in the cup, we are playing in the league and there are three points up for grabs.
“But, really, it doesn’t matter if you are playing in the Mickey Mouse Cup or the World Cup – you should still want to win.”
Meanwhile, after their midweek visit to Diss Town, Godmanchester Rovers welcome Wisbech Town to Bearscroft Lane in the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties Premier Division on Easter Monday. Wisbech, second in the table, are second in form to Godmanchester since Christmas.