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Posted Sun 16 Apr 17

Preview: Altrincham v Harriers

JOHN EUSTACE expects to continue getting the best use out of his talent Harriers squad as they travel to Altrincham on Bank Holiday Monday (3pm).

The Easter weekend got off to a great start on Saturday as the reds picked up an important 1-0 win at home to Boston United.

Now, with just three games left of the campaign, the team prepare for their penultimate away league match of the term as they head for already-relegated Alty.

Despite their position, the Robins picked up a fine 3-2 win over Curzon Ashton on Saturday and are looking to end what has been a disappointing season in fine style.

Harriers will need to keep their wits about them to take anything away from Moss Lane, and the gaffer is insistent that anything earned will be done so via a collective effort.

In amongst all the external talk of league positions, promotions and everything else, he’s keeping his focus firmly on what is coming up.

He praised the input of the likes of Saturday’s substitutes Tyrone Williams and Manny Sonupe among others.

The former came on for the injured Josh Ezewele, who himself had only just returned to the starting line-up.

“I think it showed on Friday that it is a squad game and the lads coming in and the lads coming off the bench made a difference,” he commented.

“We’re disappointed for Josh but Tyrone came in and has never let us down – his attitude and the way he trains every day is fantastic.

“Manny did great and that’s what we brought him in.

“We have a quality squad; although it’s young, they’re very good players and they all want to learn.”

With three left to play, the boss went on to add: “All we can do is win games and we’ve got a very tough game on Monday and we’ll prepare properly for that.”

Eustace admitted it was ‘too soon’ to know whether or not Ezewele would recover from his injury to keep his place in the side on Monday.

Arthur Gnahoua, meanwhile, wasn’t fit enough to return from injury against Gloucester – he’ll again be assessed ahead of this one.

There were weekend returns to the squad for other recent absentees Liam Trulsove and Elton Ngwatala.

Kick-off at Altrincham on Easter Monday is at 3:00pm.

WATCH: The thoughts of boss John Eustace on Saturday evening as he reflects on the Easter weekend, courtesy of our YouTube channel: