“I’m very much enjoying my time at Taddy” started Hodges.
“It was clear from the get go that the management team, players and fans were all very welcoming and I could tell from my first training session here that the quality of the squad is of a very high standard.”
The former Hyde United stopper has an impressive record during his short spell with TAFC keeping three clean sheets out of six.
“Obviously I’m very pleased with that record but what helps me achieve that is the quality of the back four that I have in front of me every game. I’ve hardly been exposed to many clear cut chances for the opposition to score, let’s hope the clean sheet ratio improves through.”
The 19-year-old was called upon when number one Michael Ingham dislocated his thumb in the away victory at Spalding.
“It was slightly easier when I joined Taddy because I’ve known Paddy and Harry previously from Hyde and I know what they both think of me which has helped me play with more confidence. As for the other players they were all very welcoming also which set me up perfectly for my debut.”
Hodges wasn’t worried about filling the void of the experienced ‘Ingy’ though and has actually thrived on the former Sunderland man’s coaching.
“They are obviously very big boots to fill because not only is he very experienced but he’s also the club captain which does add pressure to perform to his high standards. However, one thing that I’ve enjoyed the most is him giving me guidance and tips whilst he watches me play as I feel that has improved my game and has also given me more confidence to perform well.”
After recording three consecutive blanks, goalkeeper Hodges is certain that the goals will return this weekend at home.
“I think everyone in the dressing room will tell you that it’s been frustrating but that’s football sometimes, we have been creating more than enough chances to go on and win games but we just haven’t quite got the rub of the green. As for goals conceded I feel like we limited Pickering and Morpeth to very few chances which just adds to the frustration but I 100% feel the goals are coming.”
Focusing back on today’s crunch clash with Cleethorpes, Hodges insists that a reaction is integral.
“Every game is huge for us as we push for promotion, but due to recent results, yes, Saturday’s match against Cleethorpes is a must win. I hope to see a lot of the fans out in force as I do believe goals will return this weekend and hopefully we can kick on from there.”