Captain’s View: Richard Bunting’s weekly look inside The Walks
16:49 21 September 2012
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We were all gutted to get knocked out of the FA Cup last week so it was nice to get back to winning ways at Lincoln United on Saturday.
Losing any game hurts, but the way we tasted defeat against Daventry Town (3-2 after extra-time) made it even worse. We created enough chances to win three games! So it was disappointing not to do so.
We were all desperate to bounce back in the league at the weekend. Thankfully, we did (3-2 win). And once again we showed great character to do so.
We weren’t at our best in the first-half and then we could have felt sorry for ourselves when we went 1-0 down early in the second. But we didn’t, and two substitutions soon changed the game for us.
It was great to see Forsh (Jamie Forshaw) come on and grab his first goals in the league in Lynn colours. His strikes should do his confidence the world of good and they probably felt even better because they came so quickly to put us in front.
It was disappointing to concede another goal from a set piece – and to be pegged back at 2-2 - with just five minutes left. So we were even more ecstatic to grab a third through another sub, this time Hughesy (Rob Hughes).
You could see at the end how much the win meant to us. The lads are all in this together and I don’t just mean the 11 who start on a match day.
We are a squad, we all have our part to play, so it was excellent to see Forsh and Hughesy grabbing the headlines this time. I’m sure the gaffer (Gary Setchell) was pleased as well because every manager loves their substitutions to have a big impact.
However, I’m sure he is even happier with the fact that it proves what a strong squad we have, especially now we’ve got players coming back. Watto (Ross Watson) and Dunks (Russell Dunkley) have had to miss games and they are now available again, which is a boost.
With those two coming back, after Watto’s ban finishing and Dunks’ calf getting better, it gives the boss plenty of options. Competition for places raises everyone’s game. And we’re going to need all the lads to play their part for it to be a successful season.
As I’m writing this on Tuesday morning, I really hope that we picked up three points at home to Brigg Town (played them Tuesday night). We’ve played some excellent football at The Walks but not got the results our performances have deserved.
If we managed to turn our play and chances into goals, and a victory, by the time you’re reading this we will be second in the league. Considering we’ve got a lot of new players and only got promoted in the summer I’m sure you’ll agree that it has been a better-than-decent start.
If we didn’t pick up the win I’m sure it wasn’t through the want of trying. The lads always give 100pc and if we lost - or even if we didn’t - we’ll be travelling to Mickleover Sports at the weekend hoping to pick up a positive result.
Bar the defeat at Sheffield, we’ve done really well away from home so far this season. I’m not particularly sure why but I know our excellent travelling support helps.
The numbers we take away are phenomenal for a club at this level. At least 90pc of the gate at Lincoln on Saturday were cheering us on - and they certainly made plenty of noise in doing so.
I can assure you that we really appreciate the support we get on the road. It’s such a boost to know that away games can feel like home games.
We need to roll up our sleeves again for another scrap at the weekend and hopefully we can send the supporters home with something to cheer about again.
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