Message from Manager

What a week this has been!!! Since I last wrote this blog we have two amazing victories which have created a real buzz around the team and dare I say it the town as well. If we start with last weekend when we travelled to high flying Bristol telephones on the back of a defeat against Welton the prior week, this game was a superb display by the team, missing Young midfielder Tom Morris through illness and top scorer Marcus Cook through injury Gary Chapman and Matt Morley came in to the starting line up, and it was the pair who combined for the first goal, Morley had a great dribble down the right and Gary timed his run perfectly to put us 1 up after about twenty minutes. This was already five minutes after Chappo had won us a penalty and the normally reliable from the spot Dan Wise saw his effort saved well down low. We went in at half time 1-0 up and more than good value for our lead. The second half was much of the same and not downtrodden by his earlier miss Dan popped up twice to make it 3-0 and thoroughly deserved, it was a great game individually for Dan and to score the two goals after the work rate he had put in was deserved. Saying that workrate does sometimes go unrewarded on an individual basis as that of the front two Connor Williams and Matt Morley was superb on the day yet neither striker had the goal every forward craves to show for it. This took us into Tuesday night for the massive game against Yeovil Town F.C. at home in the Somerset premier cup, as expected they played their academy side, a portion of which you would expect/hope to make the grade as professionals and they did show some real talent, their number 9 in particular causing us constant problems throughout. We went into the break 0-2 down perhaps a little harshly. Yet we came out fighting at half time and pulled it back to 2-2 from two goals from an unlikely source our centre back Kris Hastings. After that effort on what was a heavy pitch going 3-2 down One minute into extra time was far from ideal, yet we stuck at it and substitute Marcus Cook made it 3-3 taking it to the drama that is penalties!! We scored 4 penalties on the trot which was enough to secure the victory and put us in the hat for the next round! I mentioned we scored 4 penalties and that was enough, which it was, but only because of the heroics of our new goalkeeper signing Liam Norris. Liam is a player that had played for Wincanton briefly before and when we heard he may be available we moved very very quickly to make it happen, and we are incredibly glad we did! Liam was steady in keeping a clean sheet against Bristol telephones without being bothered too much, however he was certainly busier on Tuesday night, being very unlucky with their second goal where he very nearly pulled off an unlikely save, before saving THREE penalties!! 1 in extra time and two in the shootout. This was an unbelievable effort and was the best goalkeeping display I have had the pleasure of managing in my time at the club. Finally I want to say a massive thank you to the supporters who came along on a wet and windy Tuesday night to support us on to victory, you really have no idea what a huge impact you had on the lads, when I tell you that we are normally one of the lower average crowds in the league with about 40-50 on a Saturday, and for this game we had 277 it tells you what an amazing evening it was!! We would love the chance to welcome you back again, we have high flying Keynsham this Saturday and are still a mere 5 points off second place, Moor Lane 3pm Saturday, we’d love to see you there!

 

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