With five out of the last six leagues games against sides that now stand in the top ten, an away fixture against a recently relegated side (and that was only due to a late goal from another spawny side : would not normally be something to look forward to. However, Gillingham haven't powered ahead in this league and although they have a good home record, there could be an opportunity to nick something here.
With the Gillingham home crowd having only seen nine goals in their six league games (only 2 more than our last home game. ;D) things could be tight or with our goal drought a distinct memory, maybe not. The weather forecast is set to be wet and a bit wild so could be a factor in both tactics and team selection.
My gut feeling from both the reserve match and the feedback from the fans forum is that Oastler will get a start in midfield. Rose is said to have had a good match but it remains to be seen as to whether he will even be available. I think Macklin is still knocking on the door and may be given a chance. With Senda only just back into training I think the only question in defence is Branston or Charnock? The striker selection may come down to tactics and conditions.
A win is now needed not only for confidence but so we can continue to look up the table and not in a downwards direction..... 34 points to relative safety, 34 games to go.
The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.
Anyone using the train from London should consider the high speed link from St Pancras International that runs direct to Gillingham in times of just under an hour.
Departure times are at 25 and 55 minutes past the hour and the fare is £17.99 return.
If you get into a group of three or four; you can pay on the day for a group ticket at £36 for all of you which halves the total outlay to nine quid each if there are four (by my reckoning)...............a group saver for three is the same price (£36) however.
St Pancras is also the nearest and quickest to reach departure station for Gillingham for anyone coming into Paddington from the Westcountry of course and is just along the Hammersmith & City Line in about 10 minutes.
I think Gillingham's admission prices for all but the best seats are scandalous, and certainly something to chew on for those who moan that getting into Plainmoor is too expensive.