Friday, December 14, 2012
It’s been a week to learn from and remember – but more importantly one not to forget.
It’s not a very nice feeling when you lose but to taste defeat as we did at home to Hucknall Town on Saturday was the lowest point of our season so far.
It’s hard to please everybody all the time, even when I feel we have played well I see comments suggesting the opposite, but the display we put on at the weekend was not the kind of performance we are capable of.
I am certain it wasn’t a case of our minds being on the FA Trophy game against Telford.
As the gaffer (Gary Setchell) has said in his interviews, the league is our main concern.
The Trophy run has been a great journey to be on so far but it’s only been a bonus. The whole squad and management team are desperate to get out of Evo-Stik Division One South at the first time of asking. We know this is our target this season and we must all pull together as a club in order to achieve it.
The team got a boost before the Hucknall game with the signing of Shane Tolley who arrived from Histon. Shane is a player everybody is aware of and somebody who I think we’ve tried to sign on a couple of occasions recently. He is a proven goalscorer and you can never have too many goals in your side.
Set pieces were once again our nemesis at the weekend with three of the four goals we conceded coming from them.
We started the better side but conceded from a corner before getting back into the game thanks to a debut goal from Shane, all be it a fortunate one, but goalscorers get all types of goals.
More sloppy defending enabled them to regain the lead and with their ‘keeper on top form we were never really able to get back into the game.
The second half-start was disastrous from our point of view with two more early goals conceded. Tolley managed to add to his earlier strike but it was never going to be enough and the better team on the day took all three points.
Everybody has been on the training pitch this week looking to put things right for up and coming games. With a Blue Square Premier side coming to The Walks at the weekend we couldn’t face a stiffer test but it’s one everybody is up for.
I have said before as players you want to test yourself against better opposition and with it being a one-off cup tie we are all aware anything is possible. We have beaten four teams from higher leagues, we know the size of the challenge, but it is possible we can make it five.
One thing is more certain than the result and that is the importance of our fans at the weekend. The Walks really needs to be rocking come kick-off. This gives everybody a lift and we seem to find that bit extra with the great support we get from everybody.
Once again we are all aware of the importance to keep climbing the leagues for this club but the run in the Trophy can give us confidence and kick-start our league campaign again after a slight blip.
Another lengthy unbeaten spell is required and with some massive games coming up we know winning them could prove to be even more significant if we want to continue to challenge for a play-off position.
I know we are going to get the support from everybody for the game and look forward to hearing you all Saturday. Our away fans came in for huge praise after our win at Worksop in the last round and there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be saying similar things if you really turn up the volume at the weekend.
Telford arrive as huge favourites but we know we have a chance of causing another upset.
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