POOLE Town captain Jamie Whisken says a lack of recent league fixtures has given the team "a good chance to reflect" ahead of tonight's trip to Hartley Wintney (7.30pm).

Dolphins have played no fixture in Southern League South since mid-October's game at Truro, due to a string of postponements and cup matches, including Saturday's scheduled clash with Merthyr Town.

The Martyrs were forced to call off the contest after getting stuck in traffic on the M5.

Since going to Truro, Poole have been knocked out of both the FA Cup and FA Trophy following disappointing home displays.

That included a 1-0 loss to Hartley Wintney in the Trophy last month.

A post from Whisken on the Dolphins social media feed said: "We've had quite a break from the league. It's been a good chance to reflect on our little dip, recover and refresh.

"We are all ready to kick on again. The table shows that we are in a strong position with games in hand and now we just need to build game by game."

Poole, who have lost just once in the league this season, are down to eighth in the table but have played at least five games fewer than all the sides above them.