Saltney are capable of beating better sides claims Gibbons

Saltney Town assistant manager Jake Gibbons has claimed that his side’s rotation issues could have been at play in their loss to Brymbo this weekend.

Saltney lost 4-1 away from home against a Brymbo side who have won eight of their nine league fixtures so far this season.

However, Gibbons believes his side may have fared better if they could have some consistency in their team selection ahead of the matches, having been forced to continuously change the make up of the back four.

“We feel we played well for pretty much the whole game, we’ve certainly gained points in other fixtures not playing this well. Perhaps it speaks of the quality of goals and the attacking threat of Brymbo that in a half we felt was evenly balanced we saw ourselves 3 nil down,  2 of the goals were super finishes. It may also point to the fact we’ve been in forced into fielding a 6th different back 5 combination (gk and back 4) in as many games an area we are keen to settle as quickly as possible.

However, he has highlighted that the return of key wingers Jake Johnson and Shaun Hughes could be pivotal for the club in their coming fixtures.

“Our 2 wide men Jake Johnson and Shaun Hughes put in excellent performance and it could be a timely return to form for these 2 as we are a much bigger threat when these 2 are in the team and firing.

But, despite the comfortable victory for the Welsh National League Premier Division’s second placed side, Gibbons has belief that the players are more than capable of beating the better sides in the division.

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“A positive performance if a disappointing result which we felt slightly flattered Brymbo though they were the better team and the biggest blow being the sending off of our skipper Ben Evans who’s been nothing short of outstanding alongside our main man Paul Johnson this year. We will upset a few of the big boys if we continue to work and play at this level for the rest of the season that’s for sure.”

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