Hastings has faith in team

But Thistle looking to put away more chances.

But Thistle looking to put away more chances.

TIGHT MARKING: Thistle midfielder and captain Kieran Venema gives a Palmerston North Marist player no room to move. Venema has a key role to play when the Jags play Massey at Childers Road Reserve at 3pm tomorrow. A win would kickstart Thistle’s Central Federation League campaign, after a start that has left them second-bottom with a goal difference of minus 10, the same as Massey. Picture by Paul Rickard

THISTLE coach Matt Hastings is a glass-half-full rather than half-empty guy.

Despite being second-bottom of the Central Federation League table, two points above tomorrow’s opponents Massey, Hastings continues to have faith in his side.

“When we click — and I’m hoping it will be tomorrow — some team will suffer,” Hastings said.

“We’ve created chances against every team but just haven’t put the ball in the back of the net.”

Apart from Josh Harris serving the last week of a three-game suspenion, Hastings hopes to have a full- strength squad available for the match at Childers Road Reserve at 3pm tomorrow.

Midfielders Nicky Land and Matt McVey and defender Ander Batarrita missed the 5-1 loss to New Plymouth Rangers two weeks ago.

“Kieran Ryan and David Salmon picked up knocks in New Plymouth but having a free weekend last week has been good for us.

“It’s given the guys with niggly injuries a good break.

“And it’s great to be back playing at Childers Road Reserve.

“Kieran is a key player for us in the middle of the park with his composure and technical ability. Along with Kieran Venema, he gives us a physical presence in an important area of the field.

“But we need to start putting away our chances.”

Although skipper Venema was at fault for the first goal last week, Hastings said he was the driving force in the team.

“KV put his hand up and took responsibility for that goal, but he didn’t let it affect him.

“He continued to look for the ball and encourage others, and he scored a good goal.

“He’s got an attitude that is second to none in training and in the games.”

Hastings has yet to name his starting line-up but Olly Tilley looks certain to play.

Tilley is equally at home at centreback or in midfield.

“Olly played in midfield against New Plymouth and could have scored two or three goals. He made some great runs to get into the penalty box, just didn’t finish.”

THISTLE coach Matt Hastings is a glass-half-full rather than half-empty guy.

Despite being second-bottom of the Central Federation League table, two points above tomorrow’s opponents Massey, Hastings continues to have faith in his side.

“When we click — and I’m hoping it will be tomorrow — some team will suffer,” Hastings said.

“We’ve created chances against every team but just haven’t put the ball in the back of the net.”

Apart from Josh Harris serving the last week of a three-game suspenion, Hastings hopes to have a full- strength squad available for the match at Childers Road Reserve at 3pm tomorrow.

Midfielders Nicky Land and Matt McVey and defender Ander Batarrita missed the 5-1 loss to New Plymouth Rangers two weeks ago.

“Kieran Ryan and David Salmon picked up knocks in New Plymouth but having a free weekend last week has been good for us.

“It’s given the guys with niggly injuries a good break.

“And it’s great to be back playing at Childers Road Reserve.

“Kieran is a key player for us in the middle of the park with his composure and technical ability. Along with Kieran Venema, he gives us a physical presence in an important area of the field.

“But we need to start putting away our chances.”

Although skipper Venema was at fault for the first goal last week, Hastings said he was the driving force in the team.

“KV put his hand up and took responsibility for that goal, but he didn’t let it affect him.

“He continued to look for the ball and encourage others, and he scored a good goal.

“He’s got an attitude that is second to none in training and in the games.”

Hastings has yet to name his starting line-up but Olly Tilley looks certain to play.

Tilley is equally at home at centreback or in midfield.

“Olly played in midfield against New Plymouth and could have scored two or three goals. He made some great runs to get into the penalty box, just didn’t finish.”

THISTLE SQUAD: Mitchell Stewart-Hill, Olly Tilley, Kieran Venema, Kieran Ryan, Liam Ryan, Malachi Scammell, Corey Adams, Josh Adams, Malcolm Marfell, Ander Batarrita, David Salmon, Jake Robertson, Matt McVey, Matt Hastings, Nick Land and Ryan Majstrovic.

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