26th Jun, 2017

Singh: Barnt Green Spartak face 'mini pre-season' before cup semi-final

Craig Gibbons 17th Mar, 2017

BARNT Green Spartak boss GJ Singh is using the next two Midland League Division Two games as a stepping stone to get his new signings eligible for the club’s Presidents Cup semi-final next month.

The Lions face two games in the space of four days as they first travel to Bloxwich Town on Saturday before welcoming Coton Green to The Coppice Ground, home of Highgate United, next Wednesday.

Singh’s men then have nine days off before their cup semi-final against Alvis Sporting Club on Saturday, April 1.

And with a number of new players in Lee Atkins, Nathan Coleman, Chris Bishop and Andre Tulloch aiming to play enough games to be involved in the last four tie, Singh has labelled the next two games as a mini pre-season.

“Everything we are doing right now is gearing up for our cup semi against Alvis,” Singh told the Standard.

“There’s a been a bit of a squad restart and the aim is to get players involved in enough games so they can all play together in the cup.

“Our next two games are like a pre-season within our season.

“We have come a long way since the league defeat at Droitwich Spa where people let us down and struggled to get a squad out.”

Spartak go into Saturday’s game in the Black Country on the back of Wednesday night’s 4-1 home defeat to Alvis Sporting Club.

Daniel Pidgeon had given Alvis a 2-0 half-time lead before a bizarre own-goal from Bishop immediately after the break made it 3-0 to the visitors.

Coleman then pulled one back for Spartak before Pidgeon claimed his hat-trick right at the death to round off the scoring.

Defeat for Spartak came after they enjoyed a 4-2 victory over Bloxwich last Saturday thanks to goals from Reuel Prescod (2), Scott Lindley and Myron Semper.

“It was important to beat Bloxwich as it put some breathing space between them and ourselves before our reverse fixture,” Singh added.

“We did not create many chances in the first half against Alvis but the lads responded well after conceding a bizarre own-goal.

“For the remainder of the game we were on top and well in it when we pulled a goal back before they snatched a fourth in the last minute.

“It was a flattering scoreline for them but I am confident we will pick enough points up during the remainder of the season to claim a respectable finish.”