Gillingham Town must take advantage of games in hand to progress
ADRIAN Foster has set his sights on guiding Gillingham Town into the Toolstation Western League Premier Division's top five as his side is bolstered by the return of key players.
The Hardings Lane club have enjoyed an encouraging start to life in the top flight and currently sit sixth in the table. However, with three games in hand over four of the five clubs above them, Foster is after further progress.
Gill battled out a 0-0 draw at Melksham Town on Saturday and hosted Brislington on Tuesday. They entertain Longwell Green Sports this weekend whilst welcoming back front man Matthew Chant.
"The reason why we struggled recently is because we had five players out and that had a big impact," said Foster. "It is not the squad we are missing, it is the actual team.
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"If we win our games in hand we can go joint second. The last six weeks have proven that if you have too many players out you are going to struggle. We have got Matthew coming back, who is a big presence up front and a handful for other teams."
The boss added his team's seamless transition from Division One to the league above also owed a lot to teams' styles. "We have learnt that teams will let you play and that will suit us," said Foster. "The difference in the two leagues is you could try to play last season and oppositions wouldn't let you.
"The Premier Division is a different league and you cannot afford to have too many off games because players and teams are obviously better and there are players that have played higher."
Former West Bromwich Albion and Yeovil Town striker Foster had no complaints with a point against Melksham, in a game where Frome Town youngster Harry Baker made his Gill debut on his road to recovery from a serious injury.
Foster said: "It was a fair result. I thought we played well but didn't really create enough going forward. Their two forwards created more than ours did but we played well."