Neil Marshall column: It’s all about getting match fit now

Tom Kilifin in action against Ossett Albion.
Tom Kilifin in action against Ossett Albion.
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I would have hoped to have been back playing for the first team by now but it’s all about match fitness.

I’ve been doing okay in training and played in another game on Monday but I think the gaffer (Darren Peacock) wants me fit enough to come straight back in to the team.

It’s now up to me to prove that I’m ready.

I’ll be playing 45 minutes in the reserves again on Thursday (against Myerscough College at Giant Axe) and we’ll see how that goes.

I’ve felt okay so far so I feel like I’m getting there slowly.

I may not have been involved but I went to the game on Saturday and thought it was a pretty comfortable 1-0 win.

We had a few chances to finish the game off and didn’t take them, which I know the gaffer has been talking about for some time now, but Ossett Albion didn’t really create much.

That wasn’t to say it was an easy game despite them being bottom of the league.

There are no teams getting beaten easily every week in the league this year and the gaffer pointed out before the game that Ossett had only been losing by the odd goal or two.

They were hard working but didn’t trouble us too much.

On Saturday, we travel to Salford City which is always a tough place to go.

It’s a big pitch there and they always give you a really good game.

They’re three places and 10 points below us in the league but have bizarrely played five games more.

That must mean their pitch holds up pretty well in bad weather so fingers crossed the game will be on because I know we don’t want another game called off after having had two weekends off in January.

There are teams around us that have played less games as well which means the league is a bit all over the place but I know I’d always rather have the points on the board rather than having to play four or five games a week towards the end of the season.

We’re content with our position and looking forward to the second half of the season.