Wise Thoughts On First Team

It’s been a while since I have wrote this blog due to various commitments but since I have we have become a bit of a draw specialist drawing 5 from our last 8 games. Some of these were good points against Wells and Longwell green and you would have to put Saturdays 2-2 draw with Chippenham Park into that category as well. We started the game very well and Toby Cole had two very good chances inside 5 minutes to put us ahead as did Kris Hastings have a headed effort from a corner within this time frame also, saved by an inform keeper making his debut for Chippenham and picking up man of the match on the day. After these chances went missing we lost our flow and allowed Chippenham a foothold in the game, letting them dictate play and pull us around during a first half where we were far from our best throughout and deservedly went in 1-0 down at the break. The second half we started strongly and created a couple of decent chances early but again they were not taken. We then conceded and went 2-0 down inside 10 minutes of the second half, Liam Norris hesitated when coming out and left their striker with a simple tap in to make it 2-0. We had to make some changes and bought on Brett Cotterill and Luke White for Patty Golden and Dec Cornish and moved a couple of people around, slightly tweaking our shape. This seemed to thrust us into action and we were now putting serious pressure on the Chippenham Park defence. Jamie Irwin put in a superb cross from the right which Luke White met with a great header to make it 1-2 with 6 minutes to go. Then in the 6th minute of injury time a deep Dan Wise freekick was flicked on by Connor Williams and Gary Chapman came in at the back post to place the ball into the bottom corner and gain a fully deserved point with almost the last kick of the game. Any manager in the world would have taken a point being 2-0 down with 6 minutes to go and it shows tremendous character and resolve to come back in a game where a lot of teams would have thought they were beaten. What we have to do now is start converting some of these draws into wins, we have lost only three more games than the top of the league side, yet we have drawn 6 and that is ultimately costing us at the moment. I mentioned for Luke’s goal it was created from a cross by Jamie Irwin, Jamie is a new signing who made his debut on Saturday having signed from Dorset Premier league side Westlands. Jamie is a top local talent and one I’ve coveted for a while so was delighted that after signing his mate Tom Frampton a couple of weeks he also decided he would like to test himself at a higher level and a new challenge and we are delighted to have them both on board. Whilst mentioning Framps it has to be said he has settled into western league football very well and is forming a very good partnership with the ever reliable Kris Hastings and I know he is only going to get better and better as he gets used to the players around him. There is a very good feel around the club at the moment and Matty Peters, Gary Chapman, James Millard and I all believe we are on the cusp of some real exciting times at Moor Lane, next up is Bishops Lydeard away this Saturday, let’s hope we can kick on from Saturdays and start turning these points into three 🐝


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