2:40pm Monday 30th September 2013
MATHEW Price could not hide his frustration after two key refereeing decisions cost his struggling Gornal Athletic a win following a goalless draw at home with Dunkirk on Saturday - but still tipped his side for.a top ten finish.
Despite collecting a first point since taking over the reins at the Peacocks Price was disappointed not to have taken three.
“We had three goals disallowed for offisde and a clear penalty turned down - but given that we have introduced several new players already i’m pleased to get our first point.”
Price says there could be two more new faces in the squad for Saturday’s local derby at Tividale.
And the Athletic manager knows what a tough task that will be with Stuart Scriven’s side having a perfect seven out of seven record in the Midland Alliance so far.
“It will emphasise to the players where we need to be if we want to be up there at the top of the league and give me a chance to assess who among the players as the heart to push us on..
“Two of my first three games have been against top sides in the league so it’s been a baptism of fire and Tividale will be a massive game - they have some very experienced players at this level and are one of the strong favourites for the league.
“But from what I have seen i’d be very surprised to see us finish out of the top ten. Some of the young players coming in I feel are among the best in the Birmingham and West Midlands area and this is an opportunity for them to show what they can do.
“When I came to Gornal I knew I needed to change the midset and we will go to Tividale not just to compete, but to have a real go and make it difficult for them, make sure we don’t give it them on a plate and if they are going to beat us make sure they have to work very hard to do it.”
Gornal are in action again on Tuesday when they go to AFC Wulfrunians (7.45pm) in the Birmingham Senior Cup.
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