Manager's Message

This is the second of the seasons blogs and I write this after our 2-2 draw with Chard on Saturday. The game was a local derby but played in the correct spirit and there was never any signs of it boiling over or either team losing their discipline. We started off going up the famous slope and we were missing one of Saturdays goalscorers Luke Woodland so Brett Cotterill came in for him and Danny Golden replaced Duncan McCabe who was ruled out with a groin strain. Chard started stronger and took the lead on around the twenty minute mark when Danny Golden lost fellow full back Ollie Pearson off a corner and he headed home well to give Liam Norris no chance. This was the second time we had conceded from a set piece in as many weeks and gives us a real focus and something to think about with this new team over the coming weeks to ensure we defend these situations better moving forward. The positive thing for me then was the way we responded, a corner of our own was delivered well by Dan Wise and Toby Cole headed home his second in as many games. Toby was lively throughout and looked a constant danger to Chard with his pace and ability to go past people nearly resulting in further goals later on. We went in at half time at 1-1 and we were a little disappointed with our efforts in the first half, yes the conditions were against us but there were no signs of the way we had played during pre season or even in spells against Radstock a week earlier, our decision making wasn’t at its best and we wasted possession too many times whilst not working hard enough to make life difficult for Chard who always play their pitch and the conditions very well. Second half was better from our point of view in every way except their second goal, a mix up between our centre halves and goalkeeper resulted in the ball falling to their striker who lobbed the ball over Liam into an empty net. Again we responded well and scored a very very good equaliser, great work down the left from Gary Chapman resulted in him driving a cross ball across goal to be met by the flying head of Dec Cornish to make it 2-2. As the game went on there were half chances at each goal and in the end both teams came away feeling a point was probably a fair result. This Saturday we face Corsham away, who are still unbeaten this year having beat Welton away on the opening day before drawing with Calne at home this week, two very good results, so we know and realise this is going to be a very tough test for this new exciting team coming together. I am hoping to be at full strength for the first time this season with every player available, and hope this continues this way from now in, as we look to gel and improve week on week with so many new players coming together. Thank you to the supporters who made the trip to Chard, it’s massively appreciated by myself and all the players, after Corsham we have a week off until we play our fa vase game on Saturday 1st September, let’s see what this Saturday brings.....


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