Captain’s View: Richard Bunting’s weekly look inside The Walks
17:20 31 August 2012
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I believe we have got off to a flier, but I can assure you nobody in the camp is getting carried away.
Two wins from two in the league (Evo-Stik Division One South) and getting through in the FA Cup (beating Wellingborough Town in the preliminary round on Saturday) is as good a start as we could have wished for.
The gaffer (Gary Setchell) was that delighted he even gave us the night off Thursday (before Wellingborough), although he has made a couple of bets that he could beat a few of us in a sprint.
The race is due soon so that might have been the reason behind it so he could do a bit of extra training. By the way, if he beats me in the race I am going on record to say I’ll hang my boots up.
Back to the football, Wellingborough was a lively game at the weekend – they’re the ones I like to play in. So I was gutted if I’m honest to have to sit it out (slight dead leg).
Everyone needs to be getting minutes under their belts though and every player who came into the side from the Tuesday win did well and provided the gaffer with a selection headache, which is always a nice problem to have.
In the first half I thought the lads played some really good stuff and more than deserved to be up 3-1 at half-time. It’s also just as pleasing to see goals coming from all over the pitch with Spriggsy (Steve Spriggs), aka Scrappy-Doo, on the scoresheet again (three goals in two games last week).
In fact the lads probably should have added a couple more to the scoreline. Before the second half began the dug-out was at full capacity and even the stands had a couple of extra spectators (Danny Beaumont namely) with the boys not wanting to get their hair wet (the re-start after half-time was delayed due to a storm).
In my opinion there were a few questionable decisions by the ref (Geoffrey Russell) after the break. Some bad tackles were left unpunished, which always leads to players thinking they can carry on getting away with challenges like they were doing.
Then there was the shocker on Turns (Jason Turner) which got everyone’s temper going and in my opinion saw Ross (Watson) unfairly sent off. Yes, he did raise his hand, but only to hold the lad back while it all kicked off.
All in all though, that aside, it was a good day at the office and now we can look forward to a tie against another Step Four side away to Daventry Town (September 8).
The only negative of the season so far was the game being off on Bank Holiday (at home to Brigg Town) as I am sure there would have been a bumper crowd. And with the confidence that’s in the side at the moment I’d have expected another three points on the board.
We’re back to league action again on Saturday and it’s certainly going to be a tough game at Sheffield FC. We will have to be at our best on and off the ball each week in this league and this weekend will be no different.
I feel Sheffield will be a real test, but it’s a game we go into with high hopes of winning. They will be a big, strong – but also a good footballing – side and although they have had an indifferent start (one win, draw and loss in the league) they will fancy their chances with them being the home side.
We then welcome Carlton Town on Tuesday for another league game before we think about the FA Cup. With Quigz (Dan Quigley) and Ross’ suspensions set to kick in the strength of our squad is more important than ever.
Let’s hope by the time you read next week’s column we are still at worst unbeaten. Or with a bit of luck, we could still have our 100pc record in tact – which would really cap off what’s been a very promising start to the season.
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