Wise Thoughts On First Team

This weeks blog comes on the back of a great 5-1 win at home to Oldland Abbotonians. This was a top performance from the lads on a very difficult pitch, the game was only on at all thanks to the committee and several of the players working tirelessly beforehand to make it playable and I'm grateful they did! Jamie Irwin will rightly get the plaudits after getting his first hattrick for the club and making his total 6 in 11 since joining from DPL side Westlands. Jamie has adapted really well to Western league football and is only going to get better the more he plays and gels with the squad, he’s a good finisher and a strong lad for his age and I hope that hattrick is the first of many! Although Jamie was rightly voted man of the match during this game his fellow strikers Connor Williams and Luke White played a part in all his goals so it really was a top attacking display from the lads, we didn’t actually play that much better than we have in previous games in my opinion but the difference was we took our chances early and it was nice to go in at half time with a 4-1 lead in the bank. We suffered a blow in the week at training with the latter mentioned Luke White suffering a hamstring injury in training and we will be without him for a few weeks while he recovers, it’s a blow for Luke who has started the last 8 games for us and scored 3 goals in the process but he has to ensure it is fully healed before he returns as Luke is a top player with loads of potential and one I think can really shine at this level when he gets that consistency in his game, he’s a great finisher and works hard for the team and I have no doubt he’ll be straight back scoring and helping the team as soon as he’s back fit. With losing Luke it is a massive boost to us that top scorer Toby Cole has been declared fully fit to play once again after his recent absence due to an ankle injury, Toby is a huge player for us and is an out and out goalscorer so to have him back available and with one eye still on the league one golden boot trophy I know he’s as focused as ever to get the goals we need to start pushing us up the table. This Saturday we face Warminster Town away, they are a physical competitive side who we beat 3-1 earlier in the season at Moor Lane and we will have to be at our best to get a result once again. If we are going to get a result not only will we be missing Luke but also midfielder/assistant manager Gary Chapman and new signing Ryan Pike, who did very well after coming on as a substitute against Oldlands as both are unavailable. This gives us an opportunity to welcome reserve team player Sam Fisher into the squad and I’m delighted to welcome Sam back after he was involved twice earlier in the season and his performances for the reserves has merited it, it’s so important for me that the first and reserve team continue to work together and the best players from our reserves under Ralphy are given a chance when possible to see how they cope with western league football. Sam is another top young talent at the club who I believe will continue to develop to become a good footballer at this level. Thank you for the support for those that came Saturday, Warminster isn’t too far so hopefully we can count on a few of you there with another three points to play for.

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