Football - Lodge confident his side will relish some big occasions

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Coates manager Andy Lodge is as excited as a toddler on Christmas Eve.

The former Football League pro is about to lead his table-topping Premier Division side into the most testing set of fixtures imaginable, but he couldn’t be happier.

It’s Netherton United, Oakham United, Oakham United, Netherton United over the next four weeks for Coates as they seek to extend their three-point lead at the top of the table and make progress in the PFA Cup.

Oakham are currently second in the table, while Netherton are third, although the city side are some way off the pace after dropping seven points in their last three matches.

“We’re going into four great games against two top sides and we can’t wait,” Lodge insisted. “If you have to play tough games like this in succession then you need to take good form and momentum into the matches and we’ve won our last eight competitive games so we couldn’t be going to Netherton in a much better mood and I think our players will enjoy their 3G surface.”

Win number eight arrived at the expense of Crowland, but the bottom club made the leaders work hard before goals from Daniel French, Matt Heron, Kevin Gilbert and Dan Drane sealed another three points in the quest to deliver United Counties League football to Feldale Field.

“That’s the aim for this season,” Lodge insisted.

“We are racing against time to get the ground ready to pass an inspection at the end of March, but we want to win the league and win promotion.

“I look at the four goalscorers last weekend and believe we already have players of United Counties League quality at the club.”

Netherton ended a run of two straight defeats by battling to a 1-1 draw at Pinchbeck last weekend.

Top scorer Ben Cullen scored the city side’s goal, but he is not expected to play this weekend. Ollie Maltby scored and was then sent off for Pinchbeck

Coates visit Oakham for a league game on February 21 before hosting them in the PFA Cup quarter-finals on February 28.