Message from Manager

A week of mixed emotions for us as we started the week with a solid 2-1 win at Premier division side Bridport in the FA Vase and followed up by losing 2-5 to Westbury on Tuesday night. The Bridport game was a solid away performance where we bounced back from an early set back, a crossed freekick going through the hands of Jamie Rothwell to give them a one nil lead, to go in at half time 2-1 up. The first goal came from young midfielder Tom Morris who scored 17 goals from centre midfield last year but has struggled with a hip injury so far this term, a long ball forward was flicked on by Marcus Cook to his strike partner Matt Morley who sprinted down the left and put in a pin point cross to Tom who flung himself towards the ball connecting with his head to direct the ball into the bottom corner. The second goal came from our captain Dan Wise who was playing his first competitive game against the team he was at for 12 seasons, having not scored from open play for a year and a half he picked a great time to do it, picking the ball up and running with it before hitting the ball from 25 yards into the bottom corner of the net. We survived a few late scares and defended our box superbly with all of the defence playing a key role in securing the win. This then took us into Tuesday where we knew it was going to be a hard game against league leaders Westbury and the conditions or the referee did not help us either but the loss of this game sits firmly with us. After going in at half time at 2-2 with two great individual goals from Cook and Morley we were set to go out and take all 3 points, but within 20 minutes of the second half the game was over. Although our keeper Jamie Rothwell was disappointed with a couple of the goals the whole team has to take responsibility for allowing the danger to present itself in the manner it did, and we need to improve at playing the conditions also as the fierce wind and rain that ensued in the second half was definitely handled better by Westbury. We now move on to Malmesbury Victoria at home tomorrow in a game where we have unavailability like no other week, with Jack Burnett, Elliot Mann, Tom Morris and Danny Golden all unavailable while last seasons top scorer Connor Williams is still out with his foot injury and fellow striker Matt Morley is suspended having already picked up 5 (plus 1 on Tuesday night) bookings in the early stages of the season, saying this we still have a strong squad going into the game with Matty Peters returning to the club after briefly retiring and Patty Golden returning after spending last season at rivals Chard. Tomorrow will not be an easy game against a team that are known to be aggressive and competitive but a win will put us right back up amongst the front runners, lets hope we can go into the FA Vase game against Plymouth Parkway next week with another league win in the bank……

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