Robbie Nightingale hails the depth of Cambridge City squad
PUBLISHED: 07:00 18 April 2018
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Lilywhites up and running in hectic schedule
Cambridge City’s ability to field ‘two’ first teams will be their strength as they embark on a hectic spell in the Evo-Stik League, South East Division.
That is the view of manager Robbie Nightingale after they started a run of seven matches in 14 days with a draw and a victory.
Ryan Sharman and a late goal from James Hall saw City hit back to draw 2-2 at AFC Dunstable on Saturday, and they made seven changes to the team for Monday night’s clash with Hanwell Town, but it did not put them off their stride as they won 3-0, thanks to Jack Vasey, Lewis Wilson and an own goal.
“Everyone in our squad is a first-team player and all capable of playing at the level we’re at now,” said Nightingale. “The team we put out against Hanwell, we would be disappointed if that didn’t finish in the top six as well.
“The players have the full backing of the coaching staff and I think anyone at the game last night can see the strength in depth we have.
“We had six or seven players coming into the group and people may have thought it would be disjointed, but it was a good solid performance against a very, very experienced team. It’s just a question of rotating.”
City go again tonight (Wednesday, April 18) away to Northwood, and Nightingale is anticipating more changes with some players carrying minor knocks.
But after strengthening their ranks, he knows the squad is more than capable of meeting the demands.
“When the transfer window was closing it was about making sure we stockpiled the group a little bit and making sure we had enough players to cover any potential extra games which we have in abundance,” he said.
“The boys are fit, desperate to do well so we move on to Northwood with great hope to put in another positive performance and another three points to take us a bit closer to those above us.”
City are firmly in the play-offs at present, in fifth place, with five matches still to play.
“Every game we go into it thinking and looking to win the game and get maximum points,” added Nightingale.
“The run we’re on, we’re unbeaten in eight and have won six of the eight.
“Teams will fear us because of what we have in our team – lots of pace and power and we’re a team that like to attack.”
Histon’s push for promotion in the Thurlow Nunn League, Premier Division appears to be over.
Dan Brown scored twice on Saturday to take his tally to five goals in four games, but it was in a 3-2 defeat to Haverhill Borough.
The Stutes have only won one of their last five games, and are now 10 points off third place.