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On the other wing Derek Duncan didn’t set the world alight, but he’s had a solid game, and he’s worked hard. We’ve got him on loan from Orient for another couple of games, and we’re trying to extend that. He’s got a big future at Leyton Orient, but he’s learning his trade and he’s enjoying it here. I think we’ll manage to keep him for a bit longer because he wants to stay.

It’s the FA Cup on Saturday, away against Hendon. I’ve seen them twice this season and they’ve conceded four both times but on Monday night they put up a good fight against Ramsgate after they could have got murdered in the first half, and really had the opposition rattled for a bit. So we’ve got to treat them with respect. We haven’t had a good FA Cup run at the club, while I’ve been here. Like every non-league manager it’s my ambition to get the club into the 1st round proper, and my dream to get into the third round proper, and have a tie against Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal or Manchester United. But there’s a long way to go before then.

We’re hoping that Siggy (Jean-Michel Sigere) will be fit for the game. He’s had a swelling on the knee that keeps coming back, and has prevented him from playing a full part in the team. We gave him eight minutes on Saturday, and the injury didn’t flare up, so hopefully he’ll have a good training session midweek and will be in the squad on Saturday. We’ve missed him, but we’ve got a good pairing with Boothy and Cady up front, and he’s quite a player to have on the bench…

Next home game: 6th October v Bishop’s Stortford

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