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Lines: Only a matter of time before first Wakefield FC home win

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BOSS Paul Lines says “it’s only a matter of time” before his Wakefield FC side bag their first home points since moving to Wakefield Wildcats’ Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

The Bears have lost all nine matches on home soil this season - seven in Evo-Stik Division 1 North and two in cup competitions - and have conceded 31 goals in the process.

Their home form has not been a true reflection of their overall performances this season, however, with Wakefield sitting 16th in the table thanks to away form that has seen them lose just two of seven league matches.

Prescot Cables provide the Bears with another chance to get their first home points of the campaign tomorrow, Saturday (kick-off 3pm), and Lines is hoping his men can finally end their home hoodoo.

“It was always going to take time when you come to a new ground, especially one like this,” said Lines.

“You see teams coming here, looking around the place and taking pictures. They like playing here and they probably raise their game.

“I think we’re getting better and better with each week though. We’re slowly getting used to it and I think it’s only a matter of time before we get our first points.

“The pitch is quite big so we’ve had to get athletic players in the squad. It’s taken time, and injuries to key players at key times haven’t helped, but we’re getting there for sure.

“We want to get that win not only for us as a team but also for the fans that come and watch us and hopefully we can do that on Saturday.”

Lines will certainly be looking for a vast improvement from the 6-1 defeat suffered against Mossley last time out on home soil.

The Bears go into the game on the back of a 1-1 draw at Garforth Town.

Ross Hardaker had seemingly put Lines’s men on-course for three points with his 67th-minute strike but former Wakefield man Javan Benjamin stole a point for the hosts with a minute to go.

Another blow suffered against Garforth was an ankle injury sustained by Shequille Clarke that makes him “very doubtful” for tomorrow’s clash with Cables.

The forward will join an ever-growing treatment room at the club.

Harry Blakey is set for a long spell on the sidelines with a metatarsal injury, while centre-back Jack Fisher is out with a dislocated shoulder and Dan Boardman is also unavailable due to personal reasons.

But Lines hopes to bolster his squad with at least two new signings next week.

The Bears are looking for players to bolster their senior and under-21 team.

For more information contact Paul Lines on 07979 426994.

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