Friday, September 14, 2012
The weeks seem to be flying by but that’s what it’s like when the games come thick and fast.
I can’t complain as it’s how I like it. I’d much rather play games than train – it’s just the way I am. It also helps with the fact I’m enjoying every minute of playing for Lynn and catching up with my new team-mates so often.
Everyone is of the same opinion to be fair, which brings me nicely on to the latest new face in the camp. Jay (Jason) Lee. He’s a friend of mine, in and out of football, and I believe he’ll settle in really well with the boys because he is a top player and a top lad.
He also has the biggest backside you’re ever likely to see in a pair of football shorts. I can’t usually comment as a rule but in this case just about anybody can have a pop without fear of any comebacks.
All joking aside, he’s a great addition to our squad. He has all the attributes a defender needs. And he is also a lefty (left-footed). I’ve never played in a side with so many decent ones.
We have Jamie (Thurlbourne), Jordy (Jordan Yong) and now Jay. Lefties are usually few and far between in football teams so we’re really lucky to have those three in our squad.
Back to match-related stuff, last Tuesday’s game (0-0 league draw v Carlton Town) was a really disappointing result against a side that have at minimum play-off aspirations again this season.
They finished second last year and have apparently strengthened so performance wise our display was really encouraging. One lesson we can take from the game is that we must be more clinical in front of goal.
Although in the match we missed a hatful of chances, it will not always be this way and we may only get one or two opportunities in a game so we have to take them.
This isn’t me pointing the finger at our strikers. Whoever the chances fall to we have to try and finish them. If we miss we have to keep being brave enough to put ourselves in the position to slot home the next chance that comes our way.
Jason Turner certainly springs to mind when talking of footballers who are brave enough to get in the position again after missing a chance.
Some may say he should have scored his penalty on Tuesday but players at the highest level miss them and not everybody has the guts to take one in injury time to keep their side in the FA Cup the following game.
It was a scorcher of a day in Daventry on Saturday but it was a game (first qualifying round) that we felt like we were controlling until we found ourselves behind from, annoyingly, another set piece.
We just don’t seem to be dealing with corners very well, which is criminal given the height in our side. After that, in all honesty, Daventry looked more like getting a second rather than us an equaliser but this can often be the case when you’re pressing. Our breakthrough came in injury time and from where I was on the edge of the box it was a clear penalty.
Turns showed no hesitation in grabbing the ball so hats off to him for keeping us in the competition. Hopefully by the time you read this we won Tuesday’s replay and can look forward to Brackley Town in the next round.
While it’s been a nice distraction, it’s good to get back to our bread and butter (league) after two FA Cup games. We travel to Lincoln United on Saturday (before hosting Brigg Town on Tuesday) and want to get back to winning ways.
We’re capable of getting results from any game and this will be no different. It’s always pleasing to reward our loyal away support with three points and that’s what we’ll be trying to do.
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