Captain’s View: Richard Bunting’s weekly look inside The Walks
11:02 29 October 2012
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Last week was another good one for us - the cherry tree is growing nicely and our left-back wizard announced he was staying with the club.
Points are something the lads have referred to as cherries since the start of the season and I think, except from those inside our changing room, nobody thought we would have a tally like this in October (29 from 36 going into Tuesday’s game against Gresley).
So to pick up four points from six (2-2 draw at Rainworth MW last Tuesday and 1-0 home win over Northwich Victoria on Saturday) kept things moving along nicely.
However, last week also brought some more great news for everybody connected with Lynn when defender Jordan Yong announced he was staying despite approaches from St Neots and Lowestoft.
I speak for myself and I have to say I was really relieved. I have to admit, I was a little bit worried because Jordy was always going to get interest from other clubs as he is a top player.
I certainly didn’t realise how good he is but it didn’t take me long once I saw him in training and games. He is the modern-day full back. First off he defends well but what separates him from most is when he attacks.
He is a great outlet ball for all the lads and once he gets it the team are usually 50 yards further up the pitch. I am confident he will play at a much higher level eventually and I hope that’s at The Walks.
Back to on the pitch matters, the Rainworth game wasn’t a classic to say the least. Like any other match it was one we felt that we could win but for whatever reason we just never really seemed to get going.
The second half was a carbon copy of the first but we found ourselves going a goal behind with what was some sloppy defending on our part. However, like many occasions this season we didn’t panic and the lads showed good character to get score two goals in quick succession.
The first one was clearly Jordan’s goal, but the second is still being argued about. Quigz (Quigley) has been credited with it but JT (Thurlbourne) is adamant it was his. Having got our noses in front it was disappointing to draw the game but every team is capable of getting results so it may well be a crucial point gained come the end of the season.
We then hosted a really strong Northwich side and it was pleasing for all the lads to see another great crowd. I’ll say it again but we really appreciate it.
We didn’t give the crowd much to shout about early on. It was far from a fast paced start like the ones we have produced lately. We sat off them too much, allowing them time and space to pass the ball which they did well, without really threatening Danny (Gay) in goal.
We took the lead on the stroke of half time after Spriggsy (Spriggs) dug out a great ball from wide and the finish was excellent from Dunks (Dunkley). That’s what he’s all about. I’m sure once the ball is in the air defenders just panic, worrying about where he is, and who can blame them? Since he has given up the fags he is a lot more moody which must be helping him on the pitch.
We hung in there second half showing resilience which is pleasing. I felt we looked more dangerous and Danny didn’t have a save to make so while they might feel they were good value for a point, I think we just about deserved our win.
The atmosphere inside the camp is really good. I can honestly say everybody gets on which isn’t always the case inside changing rooms. So we can’t wait for Saturday’s home FA Trophy game with Carshalton and Tuesday’s league trip to Loughborough.
- This article appeared in our October 25 Lynn Free Press supplement.
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