Date: 17th December 2015 at 5:23pm
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Manager Mark Yates has admitted that he’s freshened things up this week in training ahead of the festive fixtures hitting us.

In quotes carried by the Official Site from his midweek interview, Yates said that as well as the normal training regime the players follow during a week, they had also been to the Nuffield Health Gym in Worth earlier in the week for a good session on the spin bikes.

Working with former club physio Steve Trussell, now fitness instructor at the centre, Yates explained.

‘At this stage of the season the players are all pretty fit. Our lads work extremely hard when they are here but sometimes it`s good to mix things up and do something different. It was a high-intensity session which Steve put on and I think the lads needed to get a good sweat on. They got back from their Christmas party in Dublin on Monday and it probably helped sweat out a few pints of Guinness!’

With four games in 14 days kicking off with the Barnet game on Saturday, that then sees Stevenage hosted on Boxing Day, a trip to Wycombe on December 28 and then finally Fratton Park and Portsmouth on January 2, the gaffer added.

‘We have planned what the lads are going to do in terms of preparation and recovery for the next couple of weeks meticulously. Christmas is a great time if you`re a football fan but two games in 48 hours is not easy on the players so we need to do everything we can to ensure when we go into each of the next four games that the 18 players involved will be able to perform at their best. Things like going on the spin bikes, or doing a weights session, all help break things up a bit. The training ground at Ardingly is a bit wet at the moment which does restrict us a little bit but we`ve also been able to work at the stadium as well.’

With victory over Dagenham and Redbridge last weekend, Yates ended by saying.

‘After beating Dagenham we`re in a good place to attack the next four matches. Hopefully we can build on that result against Barnet this weekend. We`re not far away from being in touch with the play-offs and a good Christmas can help us in trying to attain that target.’

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